Mobutu goes home after peace talks fail
Friday 16 May 1997
Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire, returned to his capital yesterday after efforts to stage last-ditch peace talks with the rebel leader Laurent Kabila collapsed.
Despite misgivings in Kinshasa, where residents fear Mr Mobutu's notoriously ill-disciplined army as much as the arrival of the rebel troops, mediation efforts continued. Mr Kabila arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, to meet President Nelson Mandela a day after the rebel leader scuppered talks with Mr Mobutu. Reuters - Kinshasa
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