Zimbabwe lifts ban on humanitarian organizations

source: International Herald Tribune
Published: August 29, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe: In a sign of the growing desperation in Zimbabwe, the government of President Robert Mugabe lifted a ban on aid groups that provide food and humanitarian assistance.

They were banned before the recent national election, accused by Mugabe of helping the opposition.

South Africa said power-sharing talks between Mugabe’s government and opposition leaders would resume Friday although Mugabe’s top negotiator said there was no need for further discussions.

Mugabe and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have failed to reach agreement in more than one month of talks since Mugabe’s unopposed re-election in a ballot boycotted by Tsvangirai and condemned around the world.

All parties would participate in the resumed negotiations in South Africa and no deadline for an end to [continue reading]

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