"the Church in Zimbabwe to mediate between the government and the opposition and get the failed talks on the unrest in the country."
"– It can calm the situation in the short term, " says researcher Liisa Laakso."
"the Tension in Zimbabwe has escalated after the massive protests against rocketing fuel prices in mid-January."
"The planned negotiations between Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition party the MDC, and president Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF, with the purpose to solve the crisis have so far not yielded much results."
"last Thursday asked Mnangagwa with short notice, its participation in a meeting, and sent his minister instead. Chamisa questioned on Twitter the president's legitimacy and said that any dialogue between the parties can not be reached unless they are both personally involved in the meeting."
"at the same time, he repeated the requirement that the military would remove from the streets and to the hundreds of people still detained in Zimbabwe as a result of the demonstrations would be released."
"the Church, which plays an important role in Zimbabwe, has offered to mediate between the parties and has called on the leaders to swallow their pride and put the people in the first place."
"But the country's economic problems are greater than the conflict between the parties, and the church's sedative effect likely to be short-lived, the view Liisa Laakso, researcher at the Nordic africa institute."
"– to solve the economic problem needed a responsible and knowledgeable government. You need to stop the violence, " she says."
"at Least twelve people lost their lives in connection with the demonstrations, 78 were treated for gunshot wounds and more than 1 000 persons detained by the police."
"– some of the soldiers are paramilitary. We have heard that they have been almost criminally violent, and it is this that now made the situation chaotic, " says Liisa Laakso."
"By the opposition and the ruling party met was in 2008. The talks led to an intergovernmental cooperation between the parties that created a certain peace and greater economic stability in the country for a few years."
"– This may be an opportunity now to share power in any way, but then you must also do something for ordinary people and for consumer prices. For that to happen, I believe that Zimbabwe needs help from other countries, " says Liisa Laakso."
"the store Shelves are empty."
"2009 scrapped Zimbabwe to its former currency was in free fall and defected to the u.s. dollar and other currencies. Now there is a shortage of dollars and the country has been an acute shortage of imported goods in recent months."
"It's not just the price increase that is the problem, but also that Zimbabwe's imports has declined because they do not have any foreign currency," says Liisa Laakso."
"to the economic – and political – crisis in Zimbabwe to be curbed, the country must boost the import again, for example, through trade agreements with other countries, she believes."
"– the Shelves have been empty and it is only logical that the people on strike and demonstrate."
"In mid-January broke the violent protests in Zimbabwe after president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the price of petrol should be doubled – to nearly 30 crowns per liter."
"at Least twelve people have lost their lives, 78 have been treated for gunshot wounds and over 1,000 people have been detained in connection with the protests."
"the Violence and arrests from the security forces and the police hold has been criticized by, among others, the united states, the EU and human rights groups."
"Mnangagwa has said that the security forces' action against protesters will be investigated but said at the same time that the intervention was necessary to protect other citizens and property."