DIPLOMACY: African Spleen

Harmony still eludes the OAU

The African leaders who converged on the steaming tropical capital of Monrovia, Liberia, for the 16th annual summit of the Organization for African Unity boasted, as usual, about the continent's "maturity." After four days of stormy confrontations, however, they could hardly brag about harmony.

Only a common hostility toward the white-dominated regimes of Southern Africa appeared capable of bringing agreement. The internal settlement in Zimbabwe Rhodesia was attacked by speaker after speaker. There was wide support for the Patriotic Front insurgency of Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe, but...

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