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Vol 37 No 17

Published 23rd August 1996


No man an island

Anyaoku's Commonwealth visit offers a solution for Zanzibar's warring parties

Zanzibar's politicians have moved a few inches nearer to resolving their quarrel. After meeting both sides on 5-6 August, Commonwealth Secretary General Emeka Anyaoku left proposals with them that may provide a basis for negotiations. That Zanzibar President Salmin Amour (AC Vol 37 No 9) admitted to Anyaoku there was a crisis at all is progress. Until now, he has insisted that the dispute was manufactured by agitators. Civic United Front leader Seif Shariff Hamad also detected movement. His colleagues, such as General Shaban Mloo, have talked of a follow-up technical mission from the Commonwealth, although this seems to depend on a show of commitment by both sides.

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