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Ministers Seek End to Conflict in Africa

Cabinet ministers from 11 African nations gathered in Rwanda Thursday to flesh out details of a deal intended to end a cycle of wars, rebellions, dictatorships and poverty in central Africa’s Great Lakes region, officials said. The two-day meeting is the first in a series of gatherings in which officials will spell out how they would implement a regional pact on security, stability and development that is expected to be signed in Kenya later this year, said Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Charles Muligande. Fifteen African leaders, including the head of every country in the Great Lakes area, signed a declaration Nov. 20 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that spelled out the protocols of the proposed regional pact. The initiative was organized by the United Nations and the African Union. Full Story

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