July 10, 2008 / 12:33 PM / 12 years ago

Zimbabwe's MDC to start talks with ruling party

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe signs a document during his inauguration at State House in Harare, June 29, 2008. African National Congress leaders have urged President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party to negotiate with the opposition, a sign South Africa's ruling party may play a bigger role in Zimbabwe's political crisis. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change will on Thursday hold preliminary talks with President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party on ending the country’s political crisis, an MDC source said on Thursday.

The source said the preliminary talks, in South Africa, would discuss ending political violence which the opposition says has killed more than a 100 of its supporters. The MDC would decide whether to enter full negotiations based on the result of the talks.

Diplomatic sources in Pretoria also said the two sides had agreed to talks, which the MDC had previously refused to attend until the violence ended.

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