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Breakthrough in Kariba

After a South African-brokered deal, the outlines of a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe are starting to emerge

By Stephen Chan   November 2007

It finally happened on the second weekend of September—a few weeks later than the South African mediators had hoped—on a houseboat on Lake Kariba, northern Zimbabwe. The South Africans were led by senior political figures from the ANC liberation wing. This was important, as the Zimbabwean government’s position has always been that a liberation revolution was still being fought—to free the land, and to resist a globalisation that privileges the west. The breakthrough came when the Zimbabwean delegations were persuaded to drop their public posturings for private talks. This had never happened before. Concessions and agreements on both sides began…

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