The Congo: Rebellion & Reunion

The Congo last week found itself with a new political structure, a new name—and perhaps even a prospect of peace Among the island palms of placid Madagascar, most of the faction leaders me for a sweltering summit parley, agreed to split the nation into eight new sovereign states loosely joined. Tentative title: Confederation of Central African States.

Agreement was born of the fear that the U.N. would soon move in with force on the squabbling provincial bosses and take away their armies. With one voice, the leaders—Congolese President Joseph Kasavubu and Premier...

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