Salim optimistic about Lome Summit

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Salim Ahmed Salim, has expressed optimism over the agenda of the meeting of the Central Organ on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution mechanism, which opens in Lome, Togo, Friday.
Speaking on his arrival, he said the Summit would mainly be devoted to the conflicts in the Great Lakes region, involving DR Congo and Rwanda, and the Mano River Union region, grouping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
On the situation in DR Congo, Salim said the parties to the conflict were working to implement the Lusaka accord they signed in July 1999.
He said the Congolese President Joseph Kabila should be encouraged in efforts to resolve the country's conflict.
But the OAU chief said the situation in Sierra Leone, was ''moving in the right direction.
'' ''We are very concerned about the tension that exists between Liberia and Guinea and the resulting disastrous humanitarian situation.
This is for us the opportunity to mobilise international support and assistance to try and .
defuse tension.
, Salim added.

17 may 2001 20:01:00

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