Assembly/AU/Res.1 (XI) Page 1 RESOLUTION ON ZIMBABWE The African Union Assembly, meeting in its 11th Ordinary Session held from 30 June to 1 July 2008 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt;. Deeply concerned with the prevailing situation in Zimbabwe, Deeply concerned the negative reports of SADC, the African Union and the Pan-African Parliament observers on the Zimbabwean President run-off election held on 27 June 2008; Deeply Concerned about the violence and loss of life that have occurred in Zimbabwe, Considering the urgent need to prevent further worsening of the situation and in order to avoid the spread of conflict with the consequential negative impact on the country and the sub-region, Further considering the need to create an environment conducive to well as the development of the people of Zimbabwe; democracy, as Expressing its appreciation to SADC, and its Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation, as well as to the Facilitator of the intra-Zimbabwe dialogue, His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, and His Excellency Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission for the ongoing work aimed at reconciling the political parties, Recognizing the complexity of the situation in Zimbabwe; Noting the willingness of the political leaders of Zimbabwe to enter into negotiations to establish a Government of National Unity; Noting Further that preparatory discussions on this matter has already started, under SADC facilitation; Hereby decide: 1. TO ENCOURAGE President Robert Mugabe and the leader of the MDC Party Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai to honour their commitments to initiate dialogue with a view to promoting peace, stability, democracy and reconciliation of the Zimbabwean people; 2. TO SUPPORT the call for the creation of a Government of National Unity;

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