Mbeki Rejects EU Demands on Zimbabwe GovernmentBy VOA News
02 July 2008
South African President Thabo Mbeki has rejected the European Union's position that it will only accept a Zimbabwean government run by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mr. Mbeki, who is mediating the political crisis in Zimbabwe, made the comment Tuesday after an South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (R) and Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir, second (R) at the African Union Summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 30 Jun 2008in Egypt. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended the meeting.
The South African leader is pushing for a power-sharing deal between Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and Mr. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change.
On Tuesday, the African Union adopted a resolution that calls for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely condemned re-election of Mr. Mugabe.
But leaders from both the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and the ruling ZANU-PF party indicated they were not interested in further political negotiation.
The United States says the only way to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis is through negotiations.
The results of Zimbabwe's presidential run-off election has been rejected by Western leaders, who say it was not free nor fair.
Mr. Tsvangirai dropped out of the race in the run-up to the vote because of violence against his supporters.