AFRICA: Troubled Talks

A lost opportunity for Namibia

Outside the diplomatic entrance to the State Department Building in Washington last week, a small knot of demonstrators gathered to chant slogans and wave placards. But if the protesters' target, South African Foreign Minister Roelof ("Pik") Botha, was bothered by the demonstration, he gave no sign of it. After a private discussion with Secretary of State George Shultz, followed by a working lunch, Botha claimed confidently that the U.S. had a "real chance" of resolving one of southern Africa's thorniest problems: getting independence for Namibia, a vast,...

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