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GPA negotiators meet on today


Global Political Agreement negotiators are expected to meet in Harare today to come up with reasons why agreed issues in the GPA have not been met.

The meeting will also be in preparation for a meeting between South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team and the negotiators which has been pushed to Monday.

The negotiators and the facilitation team were initially scheduled to meet today, but the negotiators did not finish their business after failing to meet on Monday because Finance minister Tendai Biti was occupied with the 2012 National Budget, due to be presented tomorrow.

“We will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) and the facilitation team is expected on Monday. We are basically meeting to prepare for the meeting with the facilitation team,” said MDC-T negotiator Elton Mangoma.

At their last meeting on Friday, the negotiators identified agreed issues that had not been implemented. They are now expected to come up with reasons why the agreed positions have not been identified before meeting the facilitation team.

Zanu PF negotiator Patrick Chinamasa on Friday said the issues which would be drawn up were likely to be on the agenda during a meeting between Zuma and the inclusive government’s principals — President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.

Mangoma said he was not aware when Zuma would visit, but the Monday meeting was likely to give a clearer picture.

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