MAPUTO HOSTS TALKS ON ZIMBABWE STALEMATE

MAPUTO - Mozambique will host a regional summit on Zimbabwe on Thursday in a bid to break a deadlock that threatens Harare's fragile unity government, the foreign ministry spokesperson said.

MAPUTO - Mozambique will host a regional summit on Zimbabwe on Thursday in a bid to break a deadlock that threatens Harare's fragile unity government, the foreign ministry spokesperson said.

The 15-member Southern African Development Community, which brokered Zimbabwe's unity deal, will hold the extraordinary summit in the Mozambican capital Maputo, Yunassy Muchanga said.

"They have agreed to hold a meeting here on Thursday.

"But we don't know any more details yet," she said.

Mozambique currently heads SADC's security organ, which sent a delegation to Harare last week to mediate between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the former opposition leader who joined the government in February.

Tsvangirai suspended cooperation with Mugabe's Zanu-PF party more than two weeks ago, threatening the fragile pact that had been hailed as an end to last year's deadly electoral violence.

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who currently heads SADC, was in Harare yesterday for talks with both leaders.

Tsvangirai's spokesperson James Maridadi confirmed that the MDC leader would attend the Maputo summit.

"Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai will be attending the conference in Maputo on Thursday to discuss the powersharing agreement," he said. - Sapa-AFP

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