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Vol 51 No 23

Published 19th November 2010

Approaching the summit

The first big question for the European Union-Africa summit in Tripoli on 29-30 November is who will be there. By convention, the Libyan hosts choose their guests. The EU had hoped that Sudan’s detested President Omer el Beshir wouldn’t be among them but he had been invited back in July by Mohamed Sayyala, Special Envoy of the Libyan Guide, Moammar el Gadaffi. Without him, how could the guests discuss Sudan’s own prospects, including that of the nation splitting into two? Equally, it would be hard to help Zimbabwe sort out its problems without a delegation led by President Robert Mugabe, thus compelling British Prime Minister David Cameron to stay away.

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