Foreign Ministers End Session

ALGIERS- Algeria (PANA) -- African foreign mininsters ended their 70th ordinary session early Saturday after adopting about 20 resolutions to be submitted for approval by the 35th summit of the OAU, which begins Monday.
The resolutions cover political, economic, social and legal issues, education, science, culture, terrorism and human rights defence and promotion.
On conflicts, the ministers welcomed Wednesday's signing of peace agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and the rebels, as well as the ceasefire accord to be signed Saturday in Lusaka by regional leaders to end the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, they expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Somali.
They condemned the abduction of humanitarian staff and "the lack of political will of the various factions and their stubborn efusal to cooperate with the African initiatives taken to date" to end the crisis.
They also condemned the intensification of arms flow to Somalia "in a blatant violation of the embargo decided against the country by the United Nations Security Council.
" They further condemned the coup in the Comoros.
On Angola, the ministers called for the strict enforcement of the UN sanctions against Jonas Savimbi's rebel UNITA movement, which they identified as the main obstacle to peace in the country.

10 july 1999 09:29:00




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