Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Appeal to OAU over Horn conflict
Africa's conflicts are top of the agenda
The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Seyoum Mesfin, has asked African heads of state to put pressure on the Eritrean Government to end the border war between the two countries.
Mr Seyoum urged the summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Algiers to condemn what he called Eritrea's illegal acts.
He said Ethiopia would continue to make sacrifices to restore its sovereignty over the disputed territory as long as Eritrea refused to withdraw from areas it has occupied.
Discussion of the border conflict in the Horn of Africa is high on the agenda at the OAU summit.
President Obasanjo said it was absurd that every African man, woman and child owed the equivalent of more than $350 in unpayable debt.
And he added that it was unjust and immoral that some poor African countries were spending 40% of their annual budgets on paying back debts to western institutions.
Algeria 'at peace'
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria opened the 35th OAU summit on Monday saying that peace had now come to his country after eight years of civil war.
Addressing about 30 heads of state and government he said: "By your presence here you show political and psychological support for my efforts to bring about a return of peace and reconciliation and to restore the dignity of the Algerian people."
BBC correspondent Mark Doyle, who is at the conference, said the high turnout is being taken as approval for Mr Bouteflika's policy of allowing limited clemency to Islamic militants who have been waging a violent war against the army.
But our correspondent says security is still very tight, and journalists are not being allowed to leave their hotels without bodyguards.
Limousine for Gaddafi
He arrived at the opening ceremony in a huge white cadillac surrounded by security agents, and waved and smiled at journalists.
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