THE COMMONWEALTH: Delaying a Showdown

No one left happy. After one of the longest and most acrimonious sessions in the 40-year history of the Commonwealth, a New Zealander complained: "The British were incredibly stupid and the Africans overemotional."

The paramount issue at the Singapore meeting of Commonwealth leaders was Britain's intention to resume arms sales to the white-supremacist regime of South Africa. At one point during the debate, the heads of delegations from the 31 Commonwealth nations left their huge elliptical conference table and retired to a basement room, locking the doors to all aides. There the...

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