Dr. Salim gave the keynote address at the UN Workshop on Conflict Resolution held in Arusha, Tanzania.
"In my view, perhaps the most threat to Africa comes from the sometimes sour relationship between the people and their governments. By and large most countries have and are still grappling with the problem of working out an ideal model of such relationship - a modus operandi in politics. But the tensions which have invariably existed result from the inability of governments to respond in a satisfactory way to the need of people to participate democratically in the political and governance process. This demand has been at times interpreted as dissent or challenge to the authorities and legitimacy of the government in power."