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Earth to SADC: Is there anybody out there?
Boyle, The Times (SA)
February 06, 2008
His Excellency Robert Gabriel Mugabe is about to steal another election,
but the Southern African Development Community says all is well
and that their soft-spoken envoy, President Thabo Mbeki, has resolved
the crisis in Zimbabwe and there remains just one little detail
to resolve.You have to wonder whether we live on the same planet,
nevermind the same continent.
Here-s what SADC said yesterday on Zimbabwe:
H.E. President Thabo Mbeki briefed the meeting on the following
1. The Zimbabwe
ruling party, ZANU-PF, and the opposition MDC have reached agreement
on all substantive matters relating to the political situation in
Zimbabwe, which the ruling party and the opposition had placed on
their negotiations agenda, as follows:
2. The most
urgent of these, including constitutional and statutory changes,
have already been put into effect through constitutional and legal
amendments approved by the Parliament of Zimbabwe, to which the
President of the Republic has assented.
3. The only
outstanding matter relates to the procedure to be followed in enacting
the agreed draft Constitution.
4. The Summit
welcomed the good progress made by the Zimbabwe Negotiating Parties
and congratulated them for successfully concluding their negotiations.
5. Summit congratulated
and thanked the SADC Facilitator, President Mbeki and his Facilitation
Team, for the role they had played in helping to achieve this outcome
and asked President Mbeki to continue in his role as Facilitator
on Zimbabwe, to help the Zimbabwe parties to conclude the outstanding
"procedural" matter of the enactment of the agreed Draft
6. The Summit
Meeting called on the Zimbabwe parties to continue their dialogue
to resolve this issue."
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