Mugabe accepts land deal ‘in principle’


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe today accepted in principle a Nigerian-brokered agreement to end his controversial land seizure drive, but said the deal would have to pass through cabinet.

"I don't see these two authorities rejecting it really because it confirms what we have been doing and affirms our position and enables Britain to act as a partner," Mr Mugabe said in his first public comment on the pact.

He returned home early today after a week's "working holiday" in Libya.

Zimbabwe plunged into a serious political and economic crisis when Mugabe allowed supporters, led by self-styled independence war veterans, to begin invading hundreds of white-owned farms in support of his land seizure drive.