In a new bid to bring peace to Zimbabwe, regional heads from South Africa and neighboring Mozambique will meet Robert Mugabe and the country's opposition leader on Monday.
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will return home this weekend after more than two months out of the country, and planned to meet with Robert Mugabe in an effort to resolve the stalemate over a power-sharing agreement.
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is the current chairman of the regional group SADC, will lead the delegation. Mozambique President Armando Guebuza and mediator Thabo Mbeki will also be present, according to a statement released by the South African presidency.
The delegation will discuss the power-sharing agreement between Mugabe and Tsvangirai. The dispute has been on-going as Mugabe failed to hand over key cabinet posts to the opposition party.
I still believe that a political agreement offers the best means of preventing Zimbabwe from becoming a failed state, Tsvangirai said, according to the Associated Press.
We have to deal with him, Tsvangirai told reporters. It doesn't mean that I trust him wholly.
I regard Mugabe as part of the problem, but also part of the solution.
As a result of the delay in reaching a power-sharing deal, Zimbabwe now suffers hyper-inflation and food shortages while a cholera epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people.
Peoples' lives are in danger because of the lack of food. They are severely weakened and therefore less able to deal with cholera, which has spread across the country, or fight HIV/AIDS, Oxfam's Zimbabwe director Peter Mutoredzanwa said.