Southern African leaders are putting no public pressure on Zimbabwe's PresidentRobert Mugabe to solve his country's dire political and economic crises. After a two-day conference in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, delegates said only that they welcomed "progress" in talks between Zimbabwe's rival politicians.
The US called on the region's leaders to "press vigorously" for an end to the country's "man-made crisis".
Leaders from Darfur's fractured rebel movement are to hold their first main day of talks in Tanzania, aimed at finding common ground. The talks are being mediated by the United Nations and the African Union.
The UN envoy to Sudan, Jan Eliasson, said he was hopeful the talks would lead to peace negotiations with the Khartoum government in several weeks. But an influential rebel leader has boycotted the discussions, signalling the divisions within the movement.