Namibia: Making a Deal

Diplomacy behind the scenes

For years it has been one of the most intractable problems of international diplomacy: finding a way to make Namibia independent. Now under a United Nations trusteeship, Namibia is the scene of a bloody and bitter war between neighboring South Africa, which has wanted to control the area, and a group of determined guerrillas, who want self-rule. In the past few months, a series of quiet talks and behind-the-scenes negotiations at the U.N. and in Europe have progressed enough that last week U.S. diplomats were cautiously saying that a settlement seemed to be taking form.

Guerrilla Leader Sam...

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