by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
April 1993
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Belgium, France
Language: English
The Action Alert says the confrontation between Mobutu Sese Seko and Zaire's transitional democratic government has now intensified to the brink of civil war; the United States and other Western countries have condemned Mobutu's actions and are reportedly considering measures to confiscate Mobutu's overseas assets and mobilize other economic pressures; but so far little substantive action has materialized; Mobutu is unlikely to give in unless Western countries back up their words with specific economic pressures that affect his ability to pay his army. The Action Alert says it is urgent that the United States take the lead in implementing international efforts to block Mobutu's access to foreign exchange and to encourage him to go into exile and offer financial and other support to enable the transitional democratic government in Zaire to begin to restore order and economic normalcy. The Action Alert says House Resolution 128 has been introduced in Congress calling for a freeze on Mobutu's assets, expelling his ambassador, denying him and his associates visas, imposing an arms embargo, banning imports, and supporting international responsiveness to the Zairian government's request for peacekeeping assistance. The Action Alert asks people to urge their representative in Congress to support House Resolution 128. The Action Alert asks people to write Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs George Moose at the State Department and say you appreciate recent U.S. action refusing to recognize Mobutu's appointment of a new prime minister, but are still concerned at the delay in taking effective action to pressure Mobutu to leave and you would like to know what immediate steps can be expected to block Mobutu's access to personal or national foreign assets, and to provide positive support to Zaire's legitimate government. The Action Alert asks people to send copies of their letter to National Security Adviser Anthony Lake at the National Security Council, the House Africa Subcommittee and Senate African Affairs Subcommittee. The Action Alert discusses the World Bank, a multi-party system, Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, democratic reform, the Sovereign National Conference (SNC), Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, the Bush administration, Shaba province, Zaire's Central Bank, Belgium, France, Faustin Birindwa, Rep. Donald Payne, Rep. Harry Johnson, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the World Bank, President Clinton, and Rep. Lee Hamilton.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Aubrey McCutcheon Southern Africa Papers, Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections