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Vol 44 No 13

Published 27th June 2003

Breaching the peace

There is growing acrimony over the management of the United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa. The test case is Congo-Kinshasa where UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy Namanga Ngongi leaves at the end of this month. He was much criticised by Western officials for his ineffectual diplomacy, and his departure may leave a sour taste with the Kinshasa government with whom he built strong relations. His replacement, the United States' former ambassador to Kinshasa, William Swing, is expected to take a more muscular approach to ensuring a power-sharing government is set up. We hear that US diplomats suggested that if Swing were not appointed, Washington's support for UN operations in Congo would dwindle further.

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