Southern Africa: Smiles and a Scolding

Smiles and a Scolding

The meeting was the first ever between a high-level U.S. official and black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela -- and it was not quite all U.S. Secretary of State James Baker could have hoped for. After a 35-minute session last Wednesday at Mandela's villa in Windhoek, where both men were on hand to witness the birth of Namibia as a free nation, Baker and Mandela emerged to face a swarm of reporters and photographers. Mandela criticized Baker's plans to meet with South African President F.W. de Klerk in Cape Town the next day. "We do not think there has been any fundamental...