Officials from Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland, known as
the Troika, which make up the security panel of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) will meet Monday in the Swaziland capital Mbabane
to try find a way of overcoming the power sharing deadlock in Zimbabwe. SADC
Executive Secretary Tomaz Salomao said Monday's meeting will also review the
political and security situation in the region, including the crisis in the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zimbabwe's power sharing talks have been
deadlocked after four days of mediation by former South African President Thabo
Mbeki. The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan
Tsvangirai said Sunday he expects a deal to come out of Monday's SADC meeting.
SADC Executive Secretary Salomao told VOA that SADC wants
to hear first from Zimbabwe mediator Thabo Mbeki.
meeting here was convened first to deal with the DRC (Democratic Republic of
Congo). That's agenda item number one of the meeting. Then it's Zimbabwe. Here
the mediator will present a report on his consultations and interactions with
the three parties. President Mugabe will be here, the designated Prime Minister
Tsvangirai will here, the designated deputy Prime Minister Professor Mutambara
will also be here. They will have a chance to add or make comments. And then
the SADC will take a position based on that. But there is no doubt, the one
message is the need to pursue the agreement," he said.
of Monday's SADC meeting, Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF warned Sunday that Zimbabwe
would not succumb to outside pressure.
said SADC has no intention to impose an agreement on the parties. But he said
the regional body has a mandate to make sure that last month's power sharing
agreement is implemented.
friend, we have an agreement that was signed on the 15th of
September. A mandate was given to SADC and the African Union, and our role will
be always to advise those who signed the agreement to commit or to implement
the commitments made when they signed the agreement," he said.
said the fact that the Zimbabwe power sharing talks have not been able to reach
an agreement on the distribution of ministerial positions was not an indication
that the mediation efforts of former President Mbeki had failed.
are expecting a report from the mediator. Let's wait for the report that the
mediator is going to submit and we'll take it from there," Salomao said.
meeting is also expected to review the political and security situation in the
region, including the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
said the SADC meeting would be responding to a message from Democratic Republic
of Congo President Joseph Kabila regarding the recent renewed fighting in
president, Joseph Kabila, sent a mission to the SADC headquarters, and also to
some member states to explain the current situation in the DRC, and also
indicating that the humanitarian situation is getting worse. So in view of
that, the Troika decided to hold a meeting to attend to the situation and to
make proper recommendations on what has to be done by the African Union, the
U.N., and also SADC, but in particular by the community of the Great Lakes to
attend to the situation in the eastern part of the DRC," Salomao said.