A Fledgling Alliance

They converged in the bleak scrublands of southeastern Angola. Rebel Leader Jonas Savimbi played host to the others: spokesmen for the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, the Afghan mujahedin and the hill tribes opposing the Communist regime in Laos. For two days they talked and socialized in Jamba, stronghold of Savimbi's well-armed and organized movement against Angola's Marxist government, and stood shoulder to shoulder with the American who had brought them together: Lewis Lehrman, millionaire Republican leader of a lobby called Citizens for America. The group announced the formation of an alliance, Democratic International, to support "the fight for independence from Soviet colonialism."

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