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Vol 40 No 18

Published 10th September 1999


Congo-Kinshasa

Complex war, ambitious peace

The Lusaka accord is the best chance yet to tackle the roots of Central Africa's interlocking wars if it wins Western backing

In Lusaka, African diplomats and army commanders have produced a fair and far-reaching plan to end the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (AC Vol 40 No 14). It may have no better than a 50 per cent chance of success, probably less if Europe and the United States fail to give it serious financial and diplomatic support. Yet it is the most credible attempt so far to break the cycle of violence that erupted in Congo's eastern Kivu province, following the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Whatever its fate on the ground, the Lusaka accord is likely to survive as a template for peacemaking in Africa's most complex war.

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