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Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: No breakthrough expected from COPAC talks

Published on : 19 December 2012 - 5:02pm | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP)
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The Constitution Select Committee (COPAC), which is negotiating the conclusion of the constitution-making process, was expected to meet in Harare late Tuesday, in an attempt to rescue talks that have stalled.

By Tichaona Sibanda as published by our top partner SW Radio Africa

A meeting to resolve the outstanding issues was postponed on Monday, after some of the members of the committee failed to pitch up because of ministerial commitments.

Talks between Zanu-PF and the MDC formations ended inconclusively last week, amid reports all sides failed to make any headway to bridge the gap on some of the issues contained in the draft.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T spokesman and COPAC co-chair, said despite the deadlock all sides have said they want to seek an amicable solution to the long drawn out process.

The Nyanga North MP did not hold out any hope for a result from Tuesday’s talks, as no side was willing to back down on its demands. Analysts told SW Radio Africa a breakthrough was unlikely this year with all parties wary of making concessions that would portray them as weak and giving in.

Our Harare correspondent Simon Muchemwa said despite several "intense and tough" talks between the parties to the GPA, there was no clear progress towards ending the deadlock and that will mean a delay in holding elections.

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