Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition are expected to sign an
agreement soon that could lead to substantial talks on ending the
country's ongoing political crisis.
President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF
party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) are
negotiating conditions for the talks.
Opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai has insisted that conditions include an end to violence
against his political supporters and the release of political
U.S. President George Bush Wednesday again warned that the
United States is considering sanctions against Zimbabwe after China and
Russia vetoed proposed U.N. sanctions.
Both Zimbabwe's ruling and
opposition parties are under international pressure to resolve the
country's political problems.
Mr. Mugabe was re-elected last month in a
widely-condemned run-off vote in which he was the only candidate.
Tsvangirai dropped out a few days before the election after many of his
supporters were killed in violence he said was state-sponsored.
week a court in Zimbabwe released 14 opposition activists charged with
committing political violence.
MDC officials said the activists were
freed after the state failed to produce its key witness.
The MDC says
more than one thousand other activists and officials remain jailed on
what party officials term "trumped up" charges alleging political