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Vol 42 No 1

Published 12th January 2001

Congo imbroglio

Two developments could help peace efforts in Congo-Kinshasa this year: gathering political and financial pressure on the foreign combatants to withdraw their troops and a near consensus among all parties that President Laurent-Désiré Kabila be replaced by a leader more willing to negotiate with political opponents. The hope is that some of the bilateral meetings held late last year might eventually yield agreement on troop withdrawal and, at least, power-sharing in Kinshasa. Such hopes remain slim.

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