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S. Africa's Mbeki To Report To Commonwealth Heads On Zimbabwe


South African President Mbeki will brief heads of government of the Commonwealth of Nations on his crisis mediation efforts in Zimbabwe when they meet this weekend.

Though Zimbabwe quit the Commonwealth in 2003 over criticism of the conduct of its 2002 presidential election, the country is very much under discussion at the summit in Kampala, Uganda, though as a nonmember it is not officially on the agenda.

Commonwealth Secretariat Deputy Spokesman Manoah Esipisu told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that although Zimbabwe would not figure on the summit agenda, it would receive the attention of the Commonwealth leaders.

Royal Commonwealth Society public affairs chief Mike Giljam said his organization is lobbying for Zimbabwe to be taken up officially by the heads of government.

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