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Vol 40 No 5

Published 5th May 1999


Congo-Kinshasa

Hard talk in Kinshasa

Kabila's allies are pushing him to make peace with the rebels

Looking for a way out of the Congo war, Presidents Robert Mugabe, Sam Nujoma and José Eduardo dos Santos emerged grim-faced from their Kinshasa summit with President Laurent- Désiré Kabila on 1 March (AC Vol 40 No 2). Under heavy pressure at home, Dos Santos had already reduced Angola’s contingent in the pro-Kabila alliance to a few hundred troops around Matadi and the border area; Mugabe and Nujoma are set to follow suit, leaving Kabila dangerously exposed to the military campaign of the Rwandan and Ugandan-backed rebel movement, the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD).

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