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Vol 38 No 22

Published 7th November 1997


Desert caravan

p>President Nelson Mandela's 50-vehicle motorcade on its long journey from southern Tunisia to Tripoli (to avoid United Nations' flight sanctions) had Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi beaming. So did the South African leader's support for calls by the Organisation of African Unity (and by those representing the Lockerbie air-crash victims) that the suspected bombers be tried in a neutral country. So did Mandela's appeals to the United Nations to review the sanctions which, he says, are hurting Libyans generally. Mandela bristled when United States officials criticised his Tripoli visit 'How can they have the arrogance to dictate to us where we should go or which countries should be our friends'.

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