June 21, 1990 |
French President Francois Mitterrand challenged France's Western partners to follow Paris' lead in easing Africa's debt burden instead of giving the Africans lessons about democracy. In a speech at a Franco-African summit in La Baule, France, he announced a symbolic reduction of debt repayments to France by four African countries. Mitterrand acknowledged that democratic reform in Africa is inevitable, but he cautioned Europe against talking down to Africa.
January 31, 1991 |
In moves that will seriously hamper development and famine relief programs in sub-Saharan Africa, the staffs of at least five U.S. embassies in the region have been wholly or partially cut back because of security concerns related to the Persian Gulf War. In at least one case, Tanzania, the State Department has ordered an evacuation of all non-essential embassy personnel and dependents because authorities received "specific and hard information about Iraqi-sponsored terrorism" threats to U.S.
February 25, 2001 |
After four decades and billions of dollars from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the nations of sub-Saharan Africa remain among the world's poorest. At the conclusion Saturday of an unprecedented African tour, bank and fund officials owned up to the failure of past policies and vowed to seek a new approach.
April 26, 2000 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that famine could still be avoided in the Horn of Africa but that the ongoing war between Ethiopia and Eritrea is deterring donors from sending aid. "If those who have the capacity to help do so, we might be able to avert a disaster," Annan told reporters after meeting with U.N. special envoy Catherine Bertini. Bertini unveiled a series of recommendations to help keep mass starvation at bay in the region at risk.
June 22, 1997 |
The fast-growing U.S. economy won praise from leaders of the world's richest industrialized nations Saturday, but their blueprint for promoting global economic growth committed other countries to undertake painful domestic reforms. At the first such gathering with extensive participation by Russia, President Clinton, Russian President Boris N.
September 11, 1988
Foreign ministers of the 101-nation Nonaligned Movement closed a four-day meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus, after adopting resolutions condemning Israel and South Africa. The ministers lamented "increased cooperation between Israel and South Africa" and expressed "indignation and dismay that certain Western nations . . . continued to aid and abet apartheid economically, financially, politically, diplomatically and militarily."