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U.S. Department Of State
96/09/17 Statement:  Secretary Christopher to visit Africa
Office of the Spokesman


Press Statement By Nicholas Burns, Spokesman
September 17, 1996


       Secretary Christopher to Visit Africa October 7-15

Secretary of State Christopher plans to make a five-nation trip to
Africa from October 7-15.  The Secretary is scheduled to visit
Mali, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Angola, and South Africa.  Secretary
Christopher will underscore during this trip the United States'
firm commitment to help further democracy, economic development
and trade, regional integration and conflict resolution on the
African continent.

The first stop on the Secretary's itinerary will be Bamako, Mali,
where he will meet with President Oumar Konare and other Malian
officials to discuss their country's efforts to strengthen
democracy and further national reconciliation.  Regional issues
and the environment will be on the agenda as well.

The next stop will be Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the Secretary
will meet with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and other prominent
Ethiopians to discuss various bilateral and regional issues. 
The Secretary will also hold discussions with Organization of
African Unity Chairman Salim Ahmed Salim on how the United
States can best support conflict resolution efforts underway in
Africa.

From Addis Ababa, the Secretary will go to Arusha, Tanzania, to
hold talks with President Benjamin Mkapa, former President
Julius Nyerere, and regional leaders on economic integration and
development, conflict resolution, the environment, the Rwanda
War Crimes Tribunal, and other topics of concern to the region.

The Secretary will then head to Luanda, Angola, where he plans to
meet with President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and other key
leaders in an effort to stimulate further movement toward full
national reconciliation in Angola.  Secretary Christopher also
plans to visit UNAVEM (United Nations Verification Mission in
Angola) headquarters, and to observe land mine eradication
activities taking place in the country.

The final stop on the Secretary's trip will take him to Cape
Town, South Africa, where he will have meetings with President
Nelson Mandela, Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, Foreign Minister
Alfred Nzo, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and other key South
Africans on a broad range of bilateral, regional and global
issues.

The Secretary will return to Washington on Tuesday, October 15.
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