posted on Aug, 11 2003 @ 01:35 PM
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has demanded that his political opponents repent before they can expect to hold talks with the government on
tackling the country's crisis.
"Those who would go together with our enemies abroad cannot at the same time want to march alongside us as our partners," Mr Mugabe said on Monday.
"No, we say no to them, they must first repent," he told a Heroes Day rally in Harare, called to honour those who fought and died in the struggle
Mr Mugabe's defiant tone is a setback for efforts to re-start negotiations between the Zimbabwean Government and the main opposition party, the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), according to the BBC's Ishbel Matheson in South Africa.
Talks between President Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the MDC, headed by Morgan Tsvangirai, were reported to have taken place but ended in
deadlock last year.
The MDC dismissed as irrelevant President Mugabe's call. MDC Secretary-General Welshman Ncube said Mr Mugabe was the one who should seek forgiveness
for the deaths of 3,000 opposition supporters.
Zimbabwe is currently in the grip of an economic and political crisis, and correspondents say many Zimbabweans have little to celebrate as they...
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