Britain willing to assist Zimbabwe – Miliband

LONDON – The British government says it will support Zimbabwe if the new government of national unity takes rebuilding the nation seriously. Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the British government welcomes the prospect of a turn in the tide of suffering in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and the leaders of two MDC factions, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, signed a power sharing deal on Monday.

Miliband says Britain hopes the deal will help to allow Zimbabwe to chart a new course towards economic recovery and political stability.

He says what matters now is how the deal will function and actions the new government takes on the ground. He has added that if the new government takes the issue of rebuilding the country as a matter of urgency, Britain and the rest of the International community will be quick to provide support.

The three principal parties in Zimbabwe are due to meet today to discuss who will get 31 cabinet posts in the new government. Meanwhile, Food aid is expected to start reaching hungry people in Zimbawe’s rural areas today after the Red Cross resumed its relief efforts there. Trucks loaded with food left major cities yesterday, aiming to reach about 24 000 vulnerable people in eight provinces.