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Vol 38 No 17

Published 29th August 1997

South Africa

NIF targets Mandela

President Nelson Mandela's extraordinary peacemaking bid in Sudan, which appears to have pleased only the National Islamic Front, came without South African Foreign Ministry support, Africa Confidential understands. On the contrary, anger was reported in Pretoria, as in interested African and Western governments, and particularly, in the Sudanese opposition, which is trying to overthrow a government it has concluded there is no point talking to. In a 12 August Pretoria press conference with President Omer el Beshir, Mandela said: 'A solution is needed... now... We want peace between the Sudanese government and the SPLA'.

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