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Vol 40 No 7

Published 2nd April 1999

Battle lines in Washington and Africa

Washington's ministerial meeting raised morale but offered no new strategies for tackling the worsening regional conflicts

For a time during Washington’s 16-18 March Africa Ministerial Conference, the capital’s political hatchets were buried and politicians, business people and bureaucrats applauded the administration’s efforts to bring together more than 80 senior African ministers with senior officials from 15 government departments. Administration kingpins such as Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addressed the meeting, as did Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Labour Secretary Alexis Herman. Only Libya, Somalia and Sudan were barred from attending, but 46 African states sent delegations, as did the World Bank, the United Nations and the African Development Bank.

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