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Vol 44 No 15

Published 25th July 2003

South Africa

Peacekeepers and peers

Mbeki finds peacekeeping a better bet than dictating democracy to dictators

Defying the ever extending setbacks to Africa's peace and security agenda, South African President Thabo Mbeki has again shown his impatience with fellow African leaders over their sluggish support for a permanent peacekeeping force. The first anniversary meeting of the African Union, in Maputo on 7-12 July, tried to be 'brisk and businesslike'. Yet without Mbeki's prodding, summit sources claim, the AU would have done little more than expand its bureaucracy.

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