SomaliPress.com

Zimbabwe

SADC urges Zimbabwe foes for commitment to talks

Johannesburg: The Southern African Development Community on Sunday commended the Zimbabwean ruling and the opposition for their commitment to the ongoing dialogue aimed at resolving the political and economic situation in the country. In a communique adopted at the end of the two-day summit, SADC encouraged and appealed to the parties to sign any...

Zimbabwe Opposition leader to visit S Africa

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will tour southern Africa to talk with leaders to help end the political stalemate. "We are aware that the Zimbabwean problem is an ongoing problem," said George Sibotshiwe, a spokesman for Mr. Tsvangirai, after a regional weekend summit in South Africa aimed at resolving the...

Zimbabwe opposition leader still hopeful about talks

Johannesburg: Talks on a power-sharing deal for Zimbabwe are making good progress, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Sunday, raising hopes of an end to his country's post-election political crisis The negotiations at a regional summit in South Africa were going "very well", he told reporters. The meetings began last month after...

Zimbabwe President faces pressures ahead of SADC summit

Johannesburg: When President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe attends a summit meeting here over the weekend he will face protests and pressure to surrender at least some of his power. Botswana said its president, Seretse Ian Khama, will not attend the southern African summit because Mugabe will be there, and once-supportive South Africans are to hold an...

UN calls for food aid in Zimbabwe

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on the Zimbabwean government to lift restrictions on aid deliveries, to stop "a catastrophic humanitarian crisis". He said curbs on aid agencies imposed in June meant that less than 20% of 1.5m people in need had received help. His comments came as Botswana warned it would boycott this...

Zimbabwe talks focused in the meeting between S Africa and Angola

Luanda: Zimbabwe issue topped a meeting here between presidents of Angola and South Africa, visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki has said. After the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Mbeki told reporters that he informed his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos of the talks he mediated between Zimbabwe's rival parties. The talks are...

Zimbabwe MDC leader halted from attending SADC summit

Harare: Zimbabwe authorities confiscated opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's travel documents as he was to travel to Johannesburg to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, agencies reported Thursday. The Movement for Democratic Change said that the Harare airport immigration officials seized Tsvangirai's passport,...

Zimbabwe power sharing deal possible says S Africa President

Harare: Power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe can still succeed soon despite disagreements over leadership, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday after failing to secure a deal at marathon negotiations. President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met in Harare for three days without reaching agreement, dimming hopes...

Zimbabwean power sharing talks resume after pause

Harare: Inter-party talks in Zimbabwe continued Tuesday after principals again failed to reach agreement on sticking issues on Monday. Expectations had been high that the talks would produce a power-sharing deal after they had stretched into the early hours of Monday, with the principals saying there were just a few sticking issues that needed to...

Zimbabwe power sharing talks continues, pressure mounts for deal

Zimbabwe: Pressure has been mounting for a solution to Zimbabwe's political crisis, with power-sharing talks in the capital having resumed for a third day. President Robert Mugabe indicated the talks were blocked, though he has also said differences can be overcome. South African President Thabo Mbeki has been leading mediation over Zimbabwe's...

S Africa president tries finalise Zimbabwe power sharing deal

Zimbabwe: Talks are under way in Zimbabwe to try to finalise a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. South African President Thabo Mbeki is acting as mediator at the talks, which are taking place in a Harare hotel. Reports in some South African papers say a deal is close, and that a final...

Zimbabwe talks reach landmark

Harare(Zimbabwe): President Robert Mugabe's spokesman said on Saturday talks between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition had reached a milestone, but he declined to comment on whether a power-sharing deal was imminent. Zimbabwe mediator South African President Thabo Mbeki is expected to arrive in Harare on Saturday at about 1630 GMT and...

Zimbabweans accuse govt backed militias for raping dozens

Mexico City: More than 50 women, some as young as 13 and others as old as 60, have been gang raped and tortured by government-backed militias in Zimbabwe because of their support for the opposition, rights groups and victims say. "They came to my house singing political songs, they stole everything in my house ... raped me and killed four...

S African president in Zimbabwe to mediate talks

Johannesburg: South African President Thabo Mbeki will pay a brief visit to Zimbabwe for talks with both the leaders of the ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a statement from the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. South Africa's leader Thabo Mbeki is to travel to Zimbabwe for weekend talks with President Robert...

Zimbabwe rivals condemn violence

Harare: Negotiators from both the ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have issued their first joint statement, condemning the political-motivated violence in the country and urging their supporters to stop it, state media the Herald reported on Thursday. In the joint statement which was issued on Wednesday, both...