Southern African leaders say reaching an elusive power-sharing deal for Zimbabwe is the focus of a two-day regional summit that started today in Johannesburg.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is taking part in the talks while his rival, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has been invited as an observer.
Anti-Mugabe protests outside the conference were echoed inside by the boycott of Botswana’s President, one of Mugabe’s most outspoken African critics.
South African leader and host of the regional development summit Thabo Mbeki has been urging Mugabe and opposition leaders to work towards forming a new, inclusive government.
But talks earlier this week collapsed, with the sides unable to agree on how to divide power between themselves.