NAMIBIA: Diplomacy Wins

As the West sells a peace plan

Prospects brightened abruptly last week for a speedy end to the hostilities that have long festered in the mineral-rich territory of Namibia (South West Africa), nestled along the African continent's Atlantic coast between Angola and South Africa. After meetings in the Angolan capital of Luanda, militant Namibian nationalists of the South-West African People's Organization (SWAPO) agreed to go along with a peacemaking formula drawn up by five Western powers. The plan calls for ending the twelve-year-old guerrilla war in the territory by having the United Nations supervise progress toward independence, to be attained by...

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