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UPDATED: 16:27, February 27, 2007
EU financially supports political talks in Tanzania
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The European Union (EU) has offered Tanzania 8 million euros (10.4 million U.S. dollars) to assist the ongoing talks between the country's two major opposing political parties.

The EU pledge was revealed by Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe who is accompanying Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on a visit to Britain.

The Tanzanian foreign minister said the EU had been impressed by Tanzania's resolve to seek internal solutions to internal problems, according to reports reaching here on Tuesday from London.

Tanzania's ruling party and the country's main opposition started in January this year a new round of talks in hope of finding a way out of their political impasse.

The closed-door negotiations started with talks between Yussuf Makamba, secretary-general of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party (CCM), and Seif Shariff Hamad, secretary-general of the opposition Civic United Front party (CUF).

Now a special committee with five members from each of the CCM and the CUF is continuing the talks.

Intra-party relations entered an impasse in the wake of the 2005 general elections in Zanzibar, where the CCM won the polls with a small margin.

The CUF has been boycotting the activities of the Zanzibar House of Representatives though the party's elected members have been sitting through sessions of the Zanzibar parliament.

The opposition party claims that the October 2005 elections had irregularities and had been rigged by the ruling party.

This is the third formal talk between these two parties that concluded their previous talks in October 2001 with a peace accord known as Muafaka.

Source: Xinhua


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