A top Zimbabwean official says talks to resolve the country's political crisis will resume soon.
Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Tuesday representatives of the
Movement for Democratic Change have agreed to meet with President
Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, though he did not say when the talks
A senior MDC official, Tendai Biti, refused to
confirm or deny the report, but told the French news agency, AFP, that
"dialogue is inevitable." However, opposition party spokesman,
Nqobizitha Mlilo, denied any talks were to take place, telling the
Associated Press "the vampire nature of the regime has not changed."
Saturday, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai did not attend a meeting
between Mr. Mugabe and South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has
been acting as a mediator.
The MDC has criticized the South African leader's efforts, saying he is biased in favor of Mr. Mugabe.
has been embroiled in political turmoil since Tsvangirai won the March
29 presidential election, but failed to get enough votes to avoid a
Tsvangirai pulled out of the run-off last month, citing state-sponsored violence against his supporters.
Monday, armed men outside the capital of Harare attacked a group of
opposition supporters who had been seeking refuge at the South African
The MDC says 109 opposition supporters have been killed since the March election.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.