South Africa: Historic Opportunity

Historic Opportunity

It was a historic photo op: Nelson Mandela, head of the African National Congress delegation, sitting down to negotiate with South African President F.W. de Klerk. As three days of talks got under way last week, De Klerk called the government's first formal meeting with the A.N.C. since its founding in 1912 "a milestone."

Maybe, but there is still a long way to go. The A.N.C. went into the discussions with a firm set of demands that Pretoria must meet before real negotiations can begin: an end to the state of emergency imposed in 1986 and an amnesty for A.N.C. exiles...

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