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Zimbabwe main opposition leader to meet Mugabe

world Updated: Jan 15, 2009 15:26 IST

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader says he is meeting with President Robert Mugabe in the next week to try to resolve their country's political impasse. Morgan Tsvangirai said at a news conference in neighboring South Africa on Thursday that he hoped for results, despite the Mugabe regime's attempts to violate a power-sharing deal that has been stalled since September.

The opposition also says its supporters have been beaten and detained.

Tsvangirai says he regards Mugabe "as part of the problem, but also part of the solution."

Tsvangirai would not say exactly when his meeting with Mugabe was scheduled, but says he is returning to Zimbabwe on Saturday.