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news - Tsvangirai Calls for International Monitoring of Zimbabwe Accord

september 8th, 2009

"Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called Tuesday on southern African nations to step up monitoring of his power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe.

He said the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) 'remains seized with the enormous responsibility' of making sure that the two sides in the February accord, which ended a prolonged political standoff, 'move rapidly towards its full implementation.'

Tsvangirai, speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of a SADC summit in Kinshasa, added that he was attending the event as leader of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

'Now that the SADC Troika is specifically vested with the matter of Zimbabwe it is my hope and belief that it will deal with all outstanding issues as a matter of urgency,' he said.

Tsvangirai's MDC and Mugabe's ZANU-PF signed a deal to form a unity government after months of political violence but they have clashed over the appointment of a central bank chief and chief prosecutor.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was to report to the summit on his latest meetings with Mugabe and Tsvangirai aiming to resolve the remaining tensions between the political rivals."

MORE: "Tsvangirai calls for international monitoring of Zimbabwe accord" (AFP)

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