November 20, 1996 |
The Clinton administration, clearly relieved by a surge of Rwandan refugees heading home, sharply scaled back its Central African relief program Tuesday, canceling plans to send a battalion of paratroopers and deciding instead to dispatch a small contingent of support personnel. Defense Secretary William J.
January 29, 1997 |
The Algerian diplomat appointed as the U.N.'s special envoy to Zaire, Burundi and Rwanda said Tuesday that it may take a huge injection of Western aid--a "mini-Marshall Plan"--to halt the spiral of violence in the war-ravaged Central African nations. Mohamed Sahnoun will go to Africa next week to try to halt the bloodshed, which includes a civil war in Zaire and a cycle of attacks and reprisals by ethnic Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda and Burundi.
November 15, 1996 |
Canada named its highest-ranking soldier Thursday to lead an international force in eastern Zaire, as diplomats and military planners searched for ways to prevent about 45,000 armed militiamen--many of them accused war criminals--from disrupting the planned humanitarian airlift. Canada's designation of Lt. Gen.
October 6, 1991 |
With the collapse of communism, there's a debate in Washington about America's role in the world. A sudden case in point is Haiti, where the recently elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has been deposed by Haitian troops. President Bush has condemned "those who have attacked the legally constitutional, democratically elected government of Haiti," and TV news programs are already illustrating their reports on developments with footage of U.S. warships.
August 6, 1998 |
As an uneasy calm settled over this capital Wednesday, radio reports from neighboring Rwanda said that renegade soldiers, bent on toppling the government of Congolese President Laurent Kabila, had captured two key cities in his country's eastern Kivu region. The reported rebel victories in Goma and Bukavu, the two biggest cities in the area near the border with Rwanda, indicated that the seemingly organized rebellion might be gaining momentum, local observers said.
May 10, 1997 |
There's anger to go around in the destitute streets of Kinshasa, and it is not all directed against President Mobutu Sese Seko or rebel leader Laurent Kabila, the two men locked in a dance of death over who will lead this country of 45 million people.