The Nigerian Head of State Brigadier-General Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday (23 October) on a three-day official visit.
The Nigerian Head of State Brigadier-General Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday (23 October) on a three-day official visit. General Obasanjo led a high-level Nigerian delegation and was expected to hold talks with Sudanese President Major-General Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiry on the continued conflict in several African countries.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiry and members of his cabinet were at Khartoum Airport to greet the Nigerian leader. His discussions with General Obasanjo were expected to centre upon the war in Rhodesia and the constitutional future of Namibia. (South West Africa). The two leaders were also to review the situation in West and Central Africa. As Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), President Nimeiry has been closely involved in recent attempts to find solutions to the conflicts in the Western Sahara and Chad. Nigeria played an important role in the debate of these issue during the OAU summit conference in Khartoum last July.
Nigeria has been chosen by the OAU as one of several mediators including Sudan, in the conflict in the Western Sahara, where Algerian backed guerrillas are fighting for independence against Mauritanian and Moroccan troops. General Obasanjo has also been designated one of the guarantors of the tentative peace treaty in Chad between Libyan-backed rebels and the government.