Power-sharing talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai “took the wrong direction today after four days of negotiation,” Mugabe spokesman George Charamba said.
The failure of the talks, centered on the allocation of 31 government ministries, clears the way for intervention by the Southern African Development Community, Tsvangirais Movement for Democratic Change said.
“Unfortunately, after four days of hard negotiating, we failed to make headway, but we are still committed to the dialogue with Mr. Mugabe, Tsvangirai said in a telephone interview from Harare late today. “The path is open to widen the scope, and we believe the SADC will meet Monday to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe.”
Charamba said Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party would make an announcement tomorrow.
“We do not want to pre-empt the situation,” he said in a phone interview from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. “We will announce a way forward tomorrow.
Tsvangirai said the sparring parties remained “far apart on the equitable distribution of ministries.
“All parties agreed to appeal to SADC to put an end to the deadlock and help us come up with a deal that will be acceptable to the people of Zimbabwe,” Tsvangirai said.
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