Wednesday, July 14, 1999 Published at 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
OAU summit ends with democracy plea
Thabo Mbeki: "Now we must act"
The Organisation of African Unity summit has ended with pleas for democracy and peace in the continent.
"We want democracy," Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared three times in his closing speech at the summit in Algiers - the 35th in the OAU's history.
But he added that Africa would not accept democracy "by an imposed model."
President Mbeki described the three-day summit as "a great step forward" for Africa.
But he warned: "The words have been spoken. We must now act."
Coups not tolerated
OAU spokesman Ibrahim Dagash said that from now on any regime that mounted a coup d'etat would not be allowed to join the OAU and would not be welcome at OAU summits.
But BBC Correspondent Mark Doyle, who was at the summit, says the OAU apparently has no plans to encourage democracy in countries where the present governments came to power in military coups
More than half of the delegations that went to Algiers represent governments that originally came to power by force of arms.