Thursday, January 22, 2004
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is ready to talk with the opposition, according to South African President Thabo Mbeki:| |
"I am happy to say that in the end ... they have agreed that they will now go into formal negotiations," Mr Mbeki told a joint press conference with the visiting German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, adding that Pretoria had been "engaging both sides for a very long time".But apparently Mbeki forgot to tell either Mugabe or the opposition of this agreement which they supposedly have reached:
But a senior official of Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party told BBC News Online he could not confirm this reported change of position.Wait and see, I guess. Given his past, I find it hard to believe that Mugabe would yield an inch. But the leading opposition newspaper, the Daily News, just resumed publishing again after a four month legal struggle, so you never know.
And a leading figure of the opposition MDC also said it was news to him.