6 Apr 2009

Zimbabwe's 100-day plan to mend ties with West

10:13 am on 6 April 2009

Zimbabwe's new coalition government has adopted a 100-day renewal plan aimed at mending ties with the West after years of isolation under Robert Mugabe.

Ministers have hammered out the plan, which is meant to yield a new constitution by next year.

Restrictions on foreign media are due to be lifted and human rights restored.

At a three-day retreat at Victoria Falls, the government committed itself to normalising relations with the United States, European Union and white Commonwealth countries.

However, correspondents at the talks say there is some scepticism that such ambitious targets can be met in such a short space of time.