South African President Thabo Mbeki has arrived in Zimbabwe to meet
with President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai,
in an effort to broker a power-sharing deal between them.
Mr. Mbeki arrived in the capital, Harare, Saturday amid reports that the two sides are close to an agreement.
state-run Herald newspaper quotes a presidential spokesman as saying
the talks represent a milestone in relations between the two parties.
have said there has been significant progress in the talks. But the
spokesman did not give any details. The South African Foreign Ministry
also has declined to say how close the two sides are to finding a
Mr. Mugabe was re-elected June 27 in a runoff that Mr. Tsvangirai boycotted and that many foreign observers rejected as a sham.
won the first round of voting in March. He pulled out of the runoff
because of violence against supporters of his opposition Movement for
The opposition accused Mugabe backers of
killing dozens of MDC activists and injuring thousands more in the
weeks leading up to the runoff.
On Wednesday, the rival parties issued a joint statement calling on supporters to stop politically motivated violence.
country suffers from 80 percent unemployment and an official inflation
rate of more than two million percent. Critics blame government
policies, while Mr. Mugabe blames what he claims is a Western
conspiracy led by former colonial power Britain.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.