Thursday, January 22, 2004

Oh well, it seems that both Zanu-PF and the MDC deny that formal talks have been agreed to as a means of resolving Zimbabwe's crisis. (Earlier I blogged an article in which Mbeki was reported as saying that they had, at a press conference with Gerhard Schroder, who is visiting South Africa.)

Why would Mbeki have made this claim if talks are not going ahead? Either they are, in private, or Mbeki thought that this is what Schroder wanted to hear. Recall that, when George Bush visited South Africa, Mbeki made the same claim, which was subsequently vehemently denied by both parties.

Still, I find it difficult to believe that Mbeki would state what could so easily be exposed as a falsehood. How would that endear him to anyone? On the other hand, if the parties are talking in private, but not formally, how could Mbeki have got the situation so wrong? What, in short, is going on? I find myself becoming more and more confused.

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