Southern Africa: Gaining Ground

Modest progress on Namibia

It was an unusually friendly meeting, considering the coolness that South Africa generally displays toward the U.N. After several talks, including a long working lunch accompanied by vintage South African wines, U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar and officials of Prime Minister P.W. Botha's government announced that they had hammered out a detailed agreement on long-deadlocked negotiations over one of southern Africa's most intractable problems: achieving independence for the South Africa-controlled territory of Namibia. Declared Foreign Minister Roelof F. Botha: "We have today resolved all the outstanding...

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