African leaders unveiled a new peace plan for the Western Sahara on Wednesday (10 February) but progress towards ending the six-year old war appeared blocked by their inability to get Morocco and its Polisario guerrilla enemy to the conference table.
SV Algerian President Chadli Benjedid leaving conference building with Kenya Vice-President Mwai Kibaki, and into car.
LV President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya shakes hands with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and gets into car.
SV President Nyerere gets into his car.
SV President of Guinea Ahmed Sekou Toure, descends steps, accompanied by Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone (in grey suit), Dr. Abdulai Conteh.
SV Sudan Vice President gets into car and car leaves. (2 SHOTS)
SV Nigerian President Alhaji Shehu Shagari, down steps and into car.
SV Sierra Leone Foreign Minister, Dr. Conteh enters car which departs.
NOTE TO EDITORS: ALTHOUGH THIS ITEM WAS SHOT ON TUESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY, THE INFORMATION PROVIDED RELATES TO DEVELOPMENTS ON THE FOLLOWING DAY. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT PRESIDENT CHADLI BENJEDID OF ALGERIA (POLISARIO'S MAJOR BACKER) LEFT KENYA FOR HOME ON TUESDAY, BEFORE THE WESTERN SAHARA DEBATE ENDED.
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Background: African leaders unveiled a new peace plan for the Western Sahara on Wednesday (10 February) but progress towards ending the six-year old war appeared blocked by their inability to get Morocco and its Polisario guerrilla enemy to the conference table. After two days of talks, a seven-nation committee of Organisation of African Unity (OAU) leaders issued detailed proposals for holding a referendum on the territory's future. They did not specify a date for the plebiscite. In an effort to end the stalemate, the committee appointed Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi -- the current OAU Chairman -- to embark on what one delegate called "shuttle diplomacy at the highest level". Later on Wednesday, OAU delegates turned their attention to the financial and technical problems facing their peace-keeping force in Chad, with an appeal by President Arap Moi for more money. Delegates from some 16 African countries at this meeting heard the Kenyan leader describe the peace force -- the OAU's first -- as "an extremely costly exercise". Only Nigeria, Zaire and Senegal so far contributed to the peace force, out of an original six countries which volunteered to play a part.