Talks must solve land crisis, says Mandela.
FORMER South African President Nelson Mandela Noun 1. Nelson Mandela - South African statesman who was released from prison to become the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 (born in 1918)
Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela yesterday backed some "equitable" change over land ownership in strife- torn Zimbabwe.
He said change to land ownership was essential if the black majority was to feel the country's resources were being exploited on a fair basis.
However, he did not support the continuing violent occupations of white- owned farms by black veterans of the independence war.
Instead, he stressed that dialogue, rather than force, was the key to resolving the crisis.
Speaking on BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. Radio 4's Today programme, the retired president, said: "It is true that 50 per cent of the land in Zimbabwe is owned by whites, who are in the minority. There must be some equitable adjustment of this question."
He insisted "there should be no violence" and argued that "matters of this nature must be settled through negotiation".
Mr Mandela said he admired Britain's stance on the crisis, in so far as London had emphasised the need for dialogue.
He backed the South African government's concentration on diplomacy diplomacy
Art of conducting relationships for gain without conflict. It is the chief instrument of foreign policy. Its methods include secret negotiation by accredited envoys (though political leaders also negotiate) and international agreements and laws. , rather than trying to heap pressure on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Mugabe redirects here.
For other uses, see Mugabe (disambiguation).
Robert Gabriel Mugabe KCB (born on February 21, 1924) is the President of Zimbabwe. He has been the head of government in Zimbabwe since 1980, first as Prime Minister to end the occupations.
Mr Mandela argued: "It is no use standing on hilltops and shouting about such a highly sensitive Adj. 1. highly sensitive - readily affected by various agents; "a highly sensitive explosive is easily exploded by a shock"; "a sensitive colloid is readily coagulated" matter. An approach through diplomatic channels, without much publicity, is more likely to bring about positive results."