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Latest update : 2008-07-02

A day after the African Union concluded a bi-annual summit calling for dialogue between Zimbabwe’s political foes, Zimbabwe’s information minister welcomed the resolution, saying the government was ready for dialogue.

View our special report on "Zimbabwe's political crisis".


Zimbabwe's information minister on Wednesday praised a resolution by African Union leaders calling for a national unity government, saying Robert Mugabe's regime was ready for talks with all sides.


"This is a welcome resolution which is an endorsement of President Mugabe's statements and pronouncements," Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told AFP.


"Government is ready for dialogue with whoever, a dialogue for national unity in Zimbabwe," Ndlovu said.


The African Union concluded its bi-annual summit in Egypt on Tuesday calling for dialogue between the country's political foes and urging a national unity administration in the aftermath of Mugabe's widely discredited re-election.


In his inaugural speech on Sunday, Mugabe said it was time for Zimbabweans to bury their political differences and try to work around unity.


"It is only endorsing what the president said, that he is going for national dialogue and is open to anyone who is willing to talk, not national unity concocted by the West," said Ndlovu.


The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), whose leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round of the election in March but boycotted last week's run-off poll, was meeting Wednesday to decide its reaction to the AU resolution.


Date created : 2008-07-02