UN calls for quick formation of Zimbabwe's unity government

NEW YORK – The UN Security Council has called for the quick formation of a unity government in Zimbabwe as negotiations in Harare remained deadlocked.

Four days after President Robert Mugabe signed an historic agreement to give up some of his powers to his longtime political foe, Morgan Tsvangirai, negotiators met Friday to unstall the deadlock in the distribution of ministerial posts between the parties.

The 15-member council was unanimous in calling for a quick resolution, council president Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso said Friday.

British ambassador John Sawers sought to tie aid for rebuilding the troubled nation to political progress, saying all new money should go to the stabilization of the country.