Angola: On to the Finish Line

On to the Finish Line

Prospects for peace in southern Africa cleared a major hurdle last week as South Africa announced that it had finally agreed in principle to a timetable for the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola. The Cubans will first move north, then sail for home over the next 27 months. South African Foreign Minister Roelof ("Pik") Botha described the long-standing issue as "a hard nut, which had to be cracked and now has been cracked."

In Washington, State Department officials hailed the news as a testament to the tenacity of mediator Chester Crocker, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. The...

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