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Vol 48 No 24

Published 30th November 2007

South Africa

Mbeki to the rescue

Restarting talks between Mugabe's government and part of the opposition may not be a triumph for quiet diplomacy

South African President Thabo Mbeki stopped over in Harare on 22 November and persuaded Zimbabwe's main opposition party to carry on talking to the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. Morgan Tsvangirai's faction of the Movement for Democratic Change had wanted to stop the talks, because of continued violence against its members. Mbeki met Tsvangirai and his group in South Africa and convinced them to stay the course, then flew to Harare to discuss the MDC's concerns, especially about violence, with President Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

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