ZAIRIAN LEADER SET TO RESIGN : U.S. SAYS STAGE READY FOR REBELS TO TAKE OVER.Byline: Daily News Wire Services
With rebel forces closing in on the capital, President Mobutu Sese Seko Mobutu Sese Seko (mōb`tō sā`sā sā`kō), 1930–97, president of Zaïre (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). of Zaire has said he will resign after nearly 32 years in power, American diplomats said Saturday.
As South African diplomats struggled to start direct talks between Mobutu and the rebel leader, Laurent Kabila, the stage seemed set for Mobutu to abandon power and for rebels to make a quick entry into this city, the diplomats said.
``The decision for him to leave has been made,'' one senior American official said. The major outstanding issue now appears to be whether Kabila will seize undivided power or whether he will be persuaded to share it with other political forces.
Speaking from Libreville, Gabon, where they arrived late Friday after a day of futile efforts to bring Mobutu and Kabila together aboard a South African warship warship, any ship built or armed for naval combat. The forerunners of the modern warship were the men-of-war of the 18th and early 19th cent., such as the ship of the line, frigate, corvette, sloop of war (see sloop), brig, and cutter. , senior members of the delegation of President Clinton's special envoy to Zaire, Bill Richardson This article or section contains information about one or more candidates in an upcoming or ongoing election.
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But diplomats in Richardson's delegation said that in a letter to Clinton, Mobutu had already said he would resign. Members of Mobutu's entourage The e-mail program included in the Macintosh version of Microsoft Office. Combining the functions of Outlook with scheduling capabilities, Entourage was introduced with Microsoft Office 2001 for Mac, the first release of Office for OS X. also said as much Saturday, indicating their shock that Kabila had not shown up for talks Friday even though all was in place for the Zairian president to step aside.
The talks failed to take place Saturday and were delayed yet another day.
Kabila was flown on board a South African naval vessel docked in this port city at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, after standing up the president the day before and infuriating diplomats who have been trying for weeks to broker the talks.
``Mr. Kabila is here now and the meeting will start sometime tomorrow and we hope they will begin to solve their problems,'' South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad Aziz Pahad (born December 25, 1940) is deputy minister of foreign affairs in South Africa. Education
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Pahad said Kabila would stay on board the ship overnight and that officials had a commitment from Mobutu, who was still in Pointe pointe
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When U.N. envoy Mohamed Sahnoun was asked about the agenda for the talks, he said, ``Certainly we are not going to solve all the problems of Zaire today . . . what we are doing here is creating a space for dialogue.''