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London - Zimbabwe hopes to get its proposal to clear debt arrears with multilateral lenders signed off by December, enabling it to start talks with bilateral sovereign lenders, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Monday.

Zimbabwe is trying to emerge from years of international isolation, largely blamed on President Robert Mugabe's policies, including the seizures of farms from white farmers.

In early March, the government agreed to major reforms including compensation for evicted white farmers and a big reduction in public sector wages in an effort to woo back international lenders.

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