Notice of imminent political agreement in Zimbabwe
11 September 2008
The Presidency of South Africa has given notice1 of the immenent signing of an agreement among political leaders in Zimbabwe to resolve existing major differences.
It is understood that details of the agreement will include sharing of political authority across presidentail, prime ministerial, and parliamentary-assembly levels.
The text of the notice given by South Africa is transcribed below.
Congratulations to President Robert Mugabe and all parties to the discussions and anticipated agreements in Zimbabwe. Congratulations also to the Southern African Development Community (SADC)2 and to South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki for facilation and brave, patient, diplomacy. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)3 was first negotiated and signed, followed by patient negotiations chaired by President Mbeki.
To resolve local difficulties round the world, should the world community now consider SADC-Mbeki-style diplomatic approach as employed in Zimbabwe under auspices of a local regional body?
Presently, UK-US-style 'resolution' by way of unilateral military assaults and political incitement causes too much wanton maiming, death and destruction around the globe, as well as stirring political, social and economic instability with consequent breakdown of civic order and human suffering.
There should however, be care not to suggest that SADC-Mbeki-style resolution means eternal resolution. This being so, SADC-Mbeki-style approach is essential to avoid wanton destruction. An SADC-Mbeki-style approach appears to provide resolution (and a new dawn) with local honour and esteem not only in reasonable standing but possibly enhanced.
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