Southern Africa: Mutual Feelings

A pact between wary neighbors

Mozambique President Samora Machel has long been one of the most implacable foes of South Africa's apartheid system. Returning the sentiment, South African Foreign Minister Roelof ("Pik") Botha has seldom bothered to hide his hostility toward his country's Marxist, black-ruled neighbor. But when both men finally met in Mozambique's capital of Maputo last week, it was to shake hands and talk peace. After eight hours of discussions, negotiating teams for the two sides emerged to announce that they had agreed to sign a joint security pact.


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