South African Government Facilitation of Talks between ZANU-PF and the MDC

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO 114

QUESTION TIME: 3 NOVEMBER 2004


MR WJ SEREMANE (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

1) Whether the Government recently facilitated talks in South Africa between ZANU-PF and the MDC; if so, (a) when did these talks take place, (b) what was the nature and content of the talks and (c) who led the respective delegations?
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REPLY:

1) (a), (b), (c). The South African Government over the last few years has constantly engaged the Zimbabwean government and the MDC to contribute to finding an acceptable and sustainable solution to their challenges. This has been done bilaterally and through the AU and SADC. Recently there have been separate meetings with the government and the MDC. On 27 June 2004 President Mbeki met with a MDC delegation led by the party's Vice-President, Gibson Sibanda. During September 2004, President Mbeki met with a MDC delegation led by Mr Sibanda. Also in September President Mbeki met with President Mugabe in New York. In October 2004 President Mbeki met with a MDC delegation led by Mr. Tsvangirai. In all the meetings the discussions centred on developments in Zimbabwe, with specific reference to the elections scheduled for March 2005.





 

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