Action Needed To Oust Mobutu

Washington Notes on Africa UPDATE
by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
March 21, 1994
8 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Belgium, France
Language: English
Mailing including a cover letter, “Washington Notes on Africa Update” (February 1994), and ZAIRE RESOURCE LIST (March 1994). The letter says the political stalemate over the transition to democracy in Zaire continues to drag on, effective government has completely disintegrated, human rights abuses by President Mobutu Sese Seko's security forces are unchecked, and living conditions for Zaire's people are desperate and declining. People are asked to urge the Clinton administration to take a firm stand against Mobutu and for democracy in Zaire by communicating with Secretary of State Warren Christopher; Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor, Nation Security Council; George Moose, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; and members of the House and Senate Africa Subcommittees. The “Washington Notes on Africa Update” says new talks encouraged by the U.S., Belgium, and France resulted in a merger of the High Council of the Republic, which is led by the opposition, and the former National Assembly, led by Mobutu's supporters. It reports that Mobutu has refused to recognize the authority of Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, the choice of the opposition. It also reports that Mobutu has held on to power by repression and divide-and-rule tactics along with controlling the revenues from Zaire's diamonds and other resources. • Action Needed To Oust Mobutu • Rival Governments • Conditions Deteriorating • U.S. Policy: More of the Same
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root