Zimbabwe: Power-sharing talks resume in Pretoria

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
29 August 2008

South African President Thabo Mbeki has reconvened power-sharing talks between the MDC and ZANU PF in the hope that both parties will be persuaded to strike a deal, despite Robert Mugabe committing grave breaches to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by all parties on the 21st July. This is contrary to earlier reports that the talks were set to resume next week.

Privately, Mbeki has not been keen to renew the talks using the excuse that the MDC have said they would not sign the deal on the table in its current form because it favours Robert Mugabe.

Regional and international pressure has been mounting for Mbeki to ask both sides to make ‘painful concessions’ to end the stalemate and start with the normalisation of the political, economic and humanitarian situation in the country.
The South African leader’s latest attempt to inject momentum into the faltering SADC initiated peace process, is not expected to yield any promising outcome given the radical positions adopted by the negotiating parties.
The talks have been bedevilled by Mugabe’s refusal to cede any of his powers, and demote Tsvangirai to a minor role of [continue reading]

  1. ian marks

    as to the talks in pretoria i think morgan will get some of what he wants.having spoken to people on the ground here in SA people are just waiting to go back when things settle down.Small and big business have got funds and expertise already waiting at the border to go in to Zim.Bob is going to go it is just a case of when?will zim ever be like it used to be?no ways things have gone too far down but if you are prepared to take what could be a big upswing in the economic future in zim a person could live pretty well there.

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