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Mbeki Says Zimbabwe Opposition Split Has 'Gone Too Far'

South African President Thabo Mbeki says his government tried and failed to mediate between two factions of Zimbabwe's main opposition party.

Mr. Mbeki said on South African television (SABC) Sunday that a split in the Movement for Democratic Change Party has now "gone too far."

Mr. Mbeki said he had had hopes that Zimbabwe could resolve its political crisis when the ruling ZANU PF party and the MDC. held, what he said, were secret talks on a new constitution.

Mr. Mbeki says now Zimbabweans must find their own solution.

Meanwhile, a Zimbabwe newspaper says the leader of the MDC party was deported from Zambia after meeting with some former U.S. intelligence officers.

The state-run Sunday Mail suggests that Morgan Tsvangirai and other MDC officials were plotting unrest in Zimbabwe.

Zambian officials say the group was asked to leave Thursday because some of its members had violated immigration laws.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.