Statement of H.E. Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, Secretary General of the OAU to the 1st Session of Negotiations Between the Rwandese Government and the Rwandese Patriotic Front in Arusha, Tanzania.
"The eyes of Africa and the world are today upon us all but more upon the Rwandese Government and the Rwandese Patriotic Front. What we in the OAU, or in the neighbouring countries and all the other observers can do, is to assist in providing the facilities for such negotiations. We can help in encouraging the parties to respond to the yearning of the people of Rwanda for an end to the war and to the restoration of peace in their country. We can help in encouraging them along the path of negotiation, in the full knowledge that both parties to the conflict and the people they re present generally, stand to reap the benefits of peace in their country."