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US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Says Not Enough Progress Implementing Unity Deal


Ambassador Charles Ray said the United States is ready to lift travel and financial sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and supporters once the 2008 agreement for power sharing in Harare has been fully implemented

United States Ambassador Charles Ray said in an interview with the Voice of America that there has been too little progress implementing the 2008 Global Political Agreement for power sharing in Harare, but added that he is more encouraged by the ongoing constitutional revision process despite the problems that have dogged it.

Ray's comments came as South African President Jacob Zuma, mediator in Zimbabwe, and his facilitators, prepared another attempt at resolving the many issues that have troubled power-sharing from the outset.

Zuma adviser Lindiwe Zulu said the intention in Pretoria is to bring finality to the matter.

Ambassador Ray said U.S.-Zimbabwean relations are on the mend after years of distrust and acrimony, although the United States maintains travel and financial sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and many other officials of the long-ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, or ZANU-PF.

Ray said in an exclusive interview with VOA Studio 7 reporter Blessing Zulu that the United States is ready to lift those sanctions once the governing parties fully implement the power-sharing agreement.

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