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Zimbabwe Opposition Courts African Union Leadership As Summit Opens


Representatives of the Zimbabwean opposition have been engaging representatives of a number of African countries ahead of the African Union summit opening Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urging the continental body to exert its influence to break a deadlock in crisis resolution talks between the opposition and ruling party.

International Affairs Secretary Eliphias Mukonoweshuro of the Movement for Democratic Change grouping led by Morgan Tsvangirai said he and others have engaged African delegations to explain the MDC position on the deadlock.

Mukonweshuro declined to name the countries, but said he is satisfied that he and his colleagues have informed AU member states on the “real” situation in Zimbabwe.

Sources in the Ethiopian capital said that the Tsvangirai delegation were expecting to meet shortly with senior political figures in the African Union.

Mukonoweshuro told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his delegation has generated strong interest in the Zimbabwean situation.

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