Mr. Abdoulmomine was one of the principal negotiators in the Peace Pact of October 1994 and the Peace Accords of April 1995, representing the Organization de Resistance Armee (ORA), Armed Resistance Organization [of Twareg insurgents]. He is the son of a traditional Twareg chief, an 80-year-old man who was publically murdered by the Nigerien soldiers in retaliation for violent attacks by rebel forces having nothing to do with the old chief. In the conference panels on the Twareg Insurgency at Boston University last year, Mr. Abdoulmomine appeared in a video clip which showed him attempting to speak before the National Conference about Twareg problems and being booed and walked out on. He has continued to try to negotiate a solution for the Twaregs and has now been recognized by the U.S. government as an African leader. This is an important development for peace in Niger, and the first time the U.S. government has recognized a Twareg leader. During his tour in the U.S. he was appointed Secretary of State for the Interior by the new military government, but he has not decided yet whether to accept the post.