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Vol 37 No 15

Published 19th July 1996

Missing Mandela

Burundi dominated a surprisingly well attended Organisation of African Unity summit in Yaoundé on 8-10 July: 31 heads of state turned up. Next on the agenda was the resumption of fighting in Liberia: a plan for a war crimes tribunal won support, as did moves towards sanctions on warlords but African governments are turning against involvement in the civil war, which has claimed over 150,000 lives since 1990. United States' statistics indicate that annual Liberian diamond exports averaged US$300 million in 1990-94 and that Charles Taylor (National Patriotic Front of Liberia) could be handling over $75 mn. from gem and commodity exports. Discussion was deferred until the Economic Community of West African States' summit on 22-27 July.

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