Bouteflika Proposes DRC Meeting At Lome OAU Summit

ALGIERS- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has called for a meeting devoted to the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the course of the 10-12 July summit of the Organisation of African Unity in Lome, Togo.
The objective of the meeting would be to consolidate the results of the previous meeting he organised in Algiers 30 April, in his capacity as current OAU Chairman.
"Algeria is prepared at any moment to organise inter- African meetings aimed at finding solutions to problems facing the continent and which are of absolute importance.
" Bouteflika has won praise from the UN and European Union for his efforts to bring the protagonists in the DRC conflict to respect the peace agreement they signed in Lusaka nearly a year ago.
The April meeting in Algiers had insisted that the restoration of peace and security in the DRC and the Great Lakes region was the responsibility of all African countries.
The summit's final document also contained an urgent appeal to the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, to rapidly deploy 5,000 peacekeepers and 500 monitors.
Besides Bouteflika, the meeting was also attended by presidents Laurent-Desire Kabila of the DRC, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, and Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali.

03 july 2000 08:34:00

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