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Vol 37 No 25

Published 13th December 1996

Low key in Ouaga

The Francophone summit was a pale shadow of times past and it achieved little on Zaïre

President Mobutu Sese Seko was detained elsewhere but everybody in Ouagadougou wanted to know what was happening to his country. The Rwandan and Zaïrean delegations had hardly touched down before they were put in the diplomatic equivalent of a locked room to sort out their differences. 'At least they spoke to each other', sighed French Cooperation Minister Jacques Godfrain. Others talked of a 'dialogue of the deaf'.

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