Mugabe, MDC deny collapse of powersharing talks

August 13th, 2008 - 4:59 am ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Aug 13 (DPA) Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) moved quickly Tuesday to deny that their talks on a powersharing government in Harare had collapsed. “Talks can never collapse as long as we have tongues,” Mugabe said on leaving a hotel in Harare, where three days of talks with MDC chief Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara ended in apparent deadlock.

MDC secretary-general and chief negotiator Tendai Biti, on leaving the talks, also reaffirmed: “The talks have not collapsed.”

He was speaking after stony-faced Tsvangirai left the discussions, mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki, early.

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