UN Pleads With Zimbabwe to Open Food aid
Less than 20 per cent of the estimated 1.5 million people requiring help are getting it, according to a recent plea from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
Ki-moon asked Zimbabwe to open up its aid to foreign groups, and allow food and medicine to reach those affected by widespread violence and economic turmoil.
He said curbs on aid agencies imposed in June meant that less than 20% of 1.5m people in need had received help.
His comments came as Botswana warned it would boycott this weekend's regional summit if a power-sharing deal was not reached to end the post-poll crisis.
Negotiations were adjourned on Tuesday without agreement.
Meanwhile, a decision to close camps in South Africa housing thousands of people displaced by ethnic violence in Zimbabwe has been postponed until the Constitutional Court hears an appeal on Monday.
South African authorities on Friday delayed the closure of camps for foreigners displaced by xenophobic violence, as those living there warned they could face more attacks if they returned home.
The Constitutional Court gave about 2,000 foreigners still in the six camps around Johannesburg a reprieve, saying authorities would keep the shelters open until at least Monday, when it will hear an appeal against their closure, SAPA news agency said.
Authorities last month gave some 3,000 foreigners at the camps a deadline of August 15 to leave. Some of them have since moved out.
Botswana president Seretse Khama Ian Khama has pulled out of the summit of South African leaders due to Mugabe's position on power-sharing in Zimbabwe.
Botswana's president will boycott aweekend summit of southern African leaders because the countrydoes not recognise Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe'sre-election, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
President Seretse Khama Ian Khama's decision not to attendthe summit in South Africa underlines growing pressure fromregional leaders on Mugabe and Zimbabwe's opposition to agreeon sharing power to end post-election turmoil.