Outgoing OAU Chairman Assesses Tenure

OUAGADOUGOU- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- On the eve of turning over the OAU chairmanship to Algerian President, Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, at the grouping's 35th summit in Algiers, Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore Sunday assessed his term of office as an "accomplishment.
" "The Burkinabe President has the feeling of having fully accomplished his mission at the head of the OAU," Compaore's communication advisor, Saidou Ouedraogo declared.
He cited that Compaore exerted efforts toward finding solutions to the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone, as well as the settlement of the border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
"As an African, he feels bitter about so many persistent conflicts, especially as he is soon to pass on the torch to someone else," Ouedraogo said, of Compaore who hands over the mantle to Bouteflika Monday morning.
The Burkinabe leader has "laid a foundation stone for the structuring of the continental organisation, and taken Africa's message wherever necessary and possible," the spokesman added.
"But politico-diplomatic realities in this 53-member state continental body and its somewhat informal mandate have limited the outgoing chairman's abilities," Ouedraogo said.

11 july 1999 09:29:00

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