Tsvangirai Rejects Mbeki as Mediator

South African too close to Mugabe, Zimbabwe opposition leader says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 11:58 AM CDT
President Robert Mugabe, right, welcomes South African President Thabo Mbeki, left, of South Africa at Harare International Airport, Saturday, April, 12, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe’s opposition party won’t accept South African President Thabo Mbeki as a mediator in negotiations with the government, party leader Morgan Tsvangirai said today.  Arguing that Mbeki is too close to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai said without another mediator “no meaningful progress can be made.” The African Union supported Mbeki as mediator yesterday, the AP notes.