GPA negotiators still hunting for common ground

June 18, 2012 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

BY NQABA MATSHAZI


SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Zimbabwe, as part of his
facilitation efforts on an impasse in the inclusive government, has been
drawn further back as the negotiators seek to find common ground. The
negotiators of the three parties are meeting today in Nyanga to discuss
what they hoped to table before the South African president.

“Negotiators will be working this weekend, and the facilitation team will
return on 25 or 26 June,” Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma’s special adviser on
international affairs, said.

“When they return to South Africa, they will meet Zuma, depending on the
feedback, then we would have a date when the president (Zuma) will come
there (Zimbabwe).”
Zulu said Zuma would only come to Zimbabwe when there was progress.

The negotiators’ meeting will also zero in on the constitution-making
process, with the hope of giving it an impetus to Copac to conclude its
work.

However, the Sadc troika meeting had suggested that the South African leader
immediately visit Zimbabwe to get the faltering negotiations moving again.
It had been indicated that the negotiators felt they were failing to agree
among themselves and Zuma had been tasked with coming up with a structure
that would ensure that negotiations were back on track.

“We told them that we were failing to agree on anything on our own and the
facilitator should come and kickstart the process for us,” a source who
attended the Luanda meeting said.

As if to indicate the lack of pace in the implementation of the GPA, a Sadc
team that is supposed to join the Joint Monitoring and Implementation
Committee (Jomic), is yet to start work in the country, as they have not
been officially told to start.

The Sadc team was in the country together with the South African mediation
team, but has since returned to their respective countries, as they await an
official invite.

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