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Bush team boosts efforts to resolve Africa conflicts

President Bush has sought before to turn US attention more fully to Africa, but things have gotten in the way – first the war in Afghanistan, then war in Iraq. But now, pressure is building for the US to take a lead role in keeping nascent peace efforts in Liberia alive, and Mr. Bush is embarking on a once-delayed visit to Africa early next month. This renewed Africa focus offers the White House an opportunity to address some “softer” issues – accountable governance, sustainable development, conflict resolution, AIDS – at a time when much of the world sees American diplomacy as dominated by force. If all goes well, the trip may also coincide with an announcement of a peace plan for Sudan, which would allow Bush to tout the US role in resolving the continent’s longest-running conflict. Full Story

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