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news - Zimbabwe Must Not Be Allowed to Return to Instability: Zuma

october 21st, 2009

"Zimbabwe must not be allowed to return to instability, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday after talks with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has cut ties within his unity government.

'Zimbabwe should not be allowed to slide back into instability,' Zuma said after the two leaders met in Cape Town.

Tsvangirai left Harare on Monday on a diplomatic mission to appeal for southern African leaders to mediate in his party's stand-off with government partner President Robert Mugabe.

He met Zuma after holding talks with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Tuesday.

Tsvangirai cut ties with Mugabe's 'dishonest and unreliable' camp on Friday, saying he will call off the boycott once all outstanding issues are resolved, including disputes over posts and a crackdown against his supporters.

'President Zuma reiterated his government's readiness to assist in the full implementation of the unity pact underpinning Zimbabwe's power-sharing government,' the South African presidency said in a statement.

'He expressed concern at the situation in Zimbabwe,' it added.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) body on politics, defense and security--which is chaired by Mozambique's Guebuza--will meet in Zimbabwe next week, Zuma's office said citing Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai plans to also hold meetings with Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, chairman of SADC, and Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos next.

The unity government was set up in February, nearly a year after disputed polls which saw Mugabe handed the presidency after a one-man run-off following Tsvangirai's withdrawal after violence against his supporters."

LINK: "Zimbabwe must not be allowed to return to instability: Zuma" (AFP)

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