US accuses Mugabe of violating power-sharing deal

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday accused Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe of violating a power-sharing deal with rival Morgan Tsvangirai by offering key government posts to his own party.

"President Mugabe apparently overstepped the bounds of that agreement in claiming several ministers that were not part of the power-sharing agreement that was brokered," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.

"What we hope is that you get back the implementation of the agreement that was struck between the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) and President Mugabe," he added. Tsvangirai is the leader of the MDC.

McCormack appeared to doubt Mugabe’s intentions when a reporter asked if the United States trusted the veteran leader.

"Well, we’ll see," he said. "That’s always been the open question."

Tsvangirai, leaving a Harare hotel after more than seven hours of negotiations led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, said that no agreement had been reached Tuesday in power-sharing talks with Mugabe.

But he added that negotiations would continue the next day. Mbeki brokered the agreement reached four weeks ago that called for 84-year-old Mugabe to remain as president while Tsvangirai takes the new post of prime minister. The News of India