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Vol 38 No 19

Published 26th September 1997


Gabon

Clouds over summit

There is anxiety in Libreville and Brussels that events in Congo-Brazzaville might stop guests turning up at the first ever summit of the African-Caribbean-Pacific states, due in Gabon on 6-7 November. If too many of the 71 heads of state invited pulled out, it would be a disaster for President Omar Bongo, believed to have already spent over US$3 million on a new conference centre and doing up hotels. The project grew from a European Commission 'green paper' on the future of European Union- ACP relations last October. The summit initiative came from Mauritian ex-Premier Aneerood Jugnauth, who complained of the EU's 'declining interest' in the ACP.

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