Speaking to HSTV European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen, yesterday said current political talks between ED and other political parties through progressive remained a handicap without the main opposition party. Said Timo Olkkonen to Heart and Soul TV:
We think Polad (Political Actors) dialogue is important in its own right. It’s good that political parties are discussing, but obviously, we are missing the second largest political party and the biggest contender in the last election. I think it’s a major handicap to those discussions.
Timo Olkkonen further went on to say:
I think the issue about what is discussed within those fora is less important than the actual reform agenda and what is actually happening on the ground in terms of respecting rights. I think those are more crucial. I think those issues such as dialogue and a national dialogue, and we would hope to have a real comprehensive national dialogue, would be a means to an end of taking Zimbabwe forward
EU Ambassador’s remarks come at a time where the possibility of a dialogue between Chamisa and ED remains uncertain with both men expressing no signs of resolving to dialogue anytime soon.