Tsvangirai emphasises urgency to current negotiations

HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has urged party negotiators to the Global Political Agreement to speed up talks in order to end the deadlock over unresolved issues.\r\n

Tsvangirai met with the negotiators from ZANU PF, the MDC-T and the Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, who represented the MDC-M in the absence of negotiators from his party.

The agenda for the negotiations was set last week Friday during a meeting held between Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara. The Monday meeting was a follow up to brief the negotiators what was expected of them.

James Maridadi, Tsvangirai’s spokesman said the Prime Minister’s brief on Monday was to urge the negotiators to take decisive actions to conclude the implementation of the GPA.

‘He emphasised to the negotiators the need for greater urgency to resolve the outstanding issues. It was more of an administrative feed back of when and where they should meet, but the Prime Minister told them to move with speed,’ Maridadi said.

Gorden Moyo, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office told the Zimbabwe Times the negotiators are now set to meet over the weekend.

He said they plan to work from Friday right through the weekend to deal with the matters as brought on the table though the SADC Troika summit.

The negotiators are expected to compile a report which will first be handed to the principals before being forwarded to the facilitator Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa.

A highly placed source told us Zuma has been on the phone to Harare insisting that he will visit the country as set in a SADC communiqué released after the Maputo summit.

‘Its true, President Zuma has been in touch with the leaders reminding them of the time line. In fact he seems more eager to have the outstanding issues resolved timeously and amicably,’ our source said. SW Radio