Tsvangirai in no mood for further discussion

Zimbabwe's opposition leader has left the Dutch embassy for the first time since fleeing there at the weekend.

Zimbabwe's opposition leader has left the Dutch embassy for the first time since fleeing there at the weekend.

Tsvangirai said immediately that "no discussion" was possible in Zimbabwe until his party's number two leader and 2000 "political prisoners" were freed.

Addressing reporters at his home after leaving the embassy yesterday, he looked relaxed as he repeated his rejection of a presidential run-off set for today.

Tsvangirai called for "armed peacekeepers".

"I don't ask for any military intervention but for armed peacekeepers," he told reporters, referring to previous written comments.

Tsvangirai had said in Britain's Guardian newspaper that the United Nations had to go further than verbal condemnation of President Robert Mugabe and institute "active isolation" and "a force to protect the people".

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced yesterday it was suspending all ties with Zimbabwe and was cancelling Zimbabwe's tour of England next year.

"The government has written to the board today (Wednesday) and has made a clear instruction that Zimbabwe's bilateral tour scheduled under the ICC Future Tours Programme for 2009 should be cancelled," the board said in a statement.

"The board are now in detailed discussions to identify a replacement country to tour in the early part of the summer of 2009." See page 17. - Sapa-AFP

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