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Vol 43 No 8

Published 19th April 2002


Congo-Kinshasa

Sundown

Rebel and government delegations are regrouping – not reuniting their country

The Inter-Congolese Dialogue, which began on 25 February in Sun City, South Africa, has missed its deadline. The government of Joseph Kabila, the rebels, the unarmed opposition and civil society representatives were meant to have agreed by 11 April on political arrangements for the transition to democracy and on a new constitution. President Thabo Mbeki gave them an extra week to wind things up. Late on 15 April there were signs of a back-room deal between Kabila and rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba which would exclude other armed and non-armed political groups.

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