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Vol 39 No 12

Published 12th June 1998

Bienvenue a` Ouaga

A week of crises and conflicts highlights the flaws in OAU peacekeeping plans

The Eritrean-Ethiopian border war, the army mutiny in Guinea Bissau and the sudden death of the Nigerian leader, General Sani Abacha, left the Organisation of African Unity summit on 8-10 June struggling for relevance despite the best efforts of its host, President Blaise Compaoré. Having been handed the baton by outgoing Chairman Robert Mugabe, Compaoré opened the 34th OAU summit in Ouagadougou with a call to redefine the organisation in order to cope with the economic and political pressures of globalisation.

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