Angola Flowers and Drinks All Around

A historic pact, eight years in the making, could bring peace

South African Foreign Minister Roelof ("Pik") Botha dips into his private stock of witblits (white lightning), a fiery homemade liqueur distilled from the berries of the wild marula tree, only on special occasions. So it was a sign of the heady mood in Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, that Botha broke out the good stuff last week. Botha and his fellow negotiators, who included U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chester Crocker, Angolan Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Antonio dos Santos Franca and Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, were celebrating the signing of a historic protocol calling for...

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