Angola We Have Taken the First Step

African leaders push two old enemies toward a cease-fire

President Mobutu Sese Seko's country estate, a marble-studded palace set amid flowers and fountains in northern Zaire, is sometimes called "Versailles-in- the-Jungle." The nickname, a reminder of the treaty that ended World War I, seemed especially apt last week as Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, the main antagonists in a 14-year-old civil war, met there for a handshake that might lead to a formal peace agreement.

For years Dos Santos had denounced Savimbi as a traitor for accepting covert military aid from the U.S. and South Africa, and insisted he could make peace with Savimbi's National...

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