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Vol 42 No 4

Published 23rd February 2001


Congo-Kinshasa

Hope springs eternal

Young President Kabila has done more than expected for peace

Just when there are glimmerings of hope for an end to the war, new questions have arisen about Western commitment to backing African peace-brokering in the region. Hopes rest firstly on Congo's new President, Joseph Kabila, whose willingness to move negotiations forward prompted regional leaders to resuscitate the Lusaka peace plan at talks in the Zambian capital last week (AC Vol 42 Nos 2 & 3). Secondly, they rest on the readiness of the political and military leaders of the main countries involved in the war - especially Angola, Rwanda and Uganda - to talk through the problems face-to-face.

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