The drawn out power-sharing talks between Zimbabwe's majority Movement for Democratic Change and formerly ruling ZANU-PF were set to pick up again this
week though sources said Monday that the gap between ZANU-PF and the two MDC groupings has widened.
Sources in Harare and Pretoria said mediator
and South African President Thabo Mbeki was expected to travel Thursday to Harare for yet another effort to bridge differences.
said he will consult with President Robert Mugabe and MDC leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara.
spokesman Mukone Ratshitanga confirmed talks would resume but declined to
provide details. South African Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said he
had no knowledge of the visit and referred all questions to Ratshitanga.
Talks snagged again this past weekend on the question of how executive powers should be shared by Mr. Mugabe and Tsvangirai. The opposition leader is urging Mr. Mbeki to refer the matter to the United Nations and
the African Union for arbitration.
International relations scholar David Monyae told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe
that only Mr. Mbeki is in a position to resolve the crisis, and that referring the matter to the U.N. and the A.U. would merely prolong the process.
But Acting Campaigns Director Briggs Bomba
of Africa Action said the MDC must mobilize internally because there are limits to what SADC can be expected to achieve.More reports from VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe...