MUGABE,TSVANGIRAI HOLD TALKS


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai are due to meet for talks seen as crucial to the country’s future.

The two men will discuss a power-sharing agreement, stalled since September. The presidents of Mozambique and South Africa will also attend. Mr Mugabe said on Sunday he would not make any more concessions until a unity government was formed.

Mr Tsvangirai says he will not be bulldozed into an agreement. Under September’s deal, Mr Tsvangirai is to become prime minister while Mr Mugabe remains as president.

But the deal faltered after Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party accused Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF of keeping the most powerful ministries – including the one that controls the police – to itself.

The political deadlock has exacerbated the problems facing Zimbabweans, from a cholera epidemic and an economic meltdown to food shortages and the collapse of basic services such as health and education.

Mr Mugabe told state media that the MDC must “accept” the deal at Monday’s talks, “or it’s a break”.

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“If they have any issues they deem outstanding, they can raise them after they come into the inclusive government,” he added.

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, his predecessor Thabo Mbeki and Mozambican leader Armando Emilio Guebuza will attend the talks to push for a breakthrough.

However, Mr Mugabe said he had done everything required under the agreement and the time for talks was over.

“We have gone past negotiations and whatever concessions were there to be made have already been made,” he said in the Sunday Mail.

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