September 17, 2008

Japan Welcomes Zimbabwe’s Power-Sharing Deal

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Tokyo, Sept. 17 Kyodo - Japan on Wednesday welcomed the power- sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition in Zimbabwe and expressed hope for stability and an improvement in the human rights situations.

"Japan welcomes the agreement reached between the ruling and opposition camps in Zimbabwe on Monday and hails the efforts of the parties concerned," Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Kazuo Kodama said in a statement. "We strongly hope that this deal will help to stabilize the situation and improve human rights."

Mugabe agreed Monday to cede some power - for the first time in 28 years - when he signed an agreement to share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who will become prime minister.

Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 1159 17 Sep 08.

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