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Vol 52 No 8

Published 15th April 2011


Zuma to the shores of Tripoli

The AU mission to Libya was an abject failure but the South African leader got a chance to catch up with an old pal

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma led an African Union peace mission to Libya on 11 April. The mission quickly fell apart, which did nothing for the AU’s poor reputation for conflict resolution. President Zuma spent several hours with Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi in Tripoli in the company of fellow members of the AU delegation – and fellow past recipients of the Libyan leader’s largesse – President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville, President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali and the Chairman of the AU Commission, Jean Ping of Gabon.

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