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Zuma compromise key to resolution of zimbabwe crisis

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South Africa’s governing party head Jacob Zuma today called for a compromise between the leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF and opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to resolve the crisis
in their country.

Zuma says “The leadership on both sides should realize that negotiations are a matter of give-and-take and of compromise”.

Zuma, who arrived in Maputo late yesterday, says the current stalemate in negotiations between the two parties could be broken by “facilitators and the mediators (who) look at the issues”.

Talks on Zimbabwe’s political crisis broke up yesterday in South Africa as negotiators flew home to try to resolve a deadlock over power-sharing between President Robert Mugabe and his rival Morgan Tsvangirai.

But South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating an end to the crisis, insisted discussions were still on track despite talk of a deadlock by the MDC.

Mbeki was scheduled to meet Mugabe and the leader of a smaller MDC faction, Arthur Mutambara, in Harare today, a day after he met Tsvangirai in Pretoria.