Putting An End to War

Angola and Mozambique reach out for peace after 16 years of bloodshed

NO ONE EVER SAID PEACE AND DEMOCRACY WOULD come easily. Sixteen bloody years after they were granted abrupt and unprepared independence from Portuguese rule, the southern African states of Mozambique and Angola finally have peace in sight. In Angola, two weeks after the country's first democratic election, the contenders seemed at last prepared to accept the outcome of the vote. In Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the guerrilla resistance movement Renamo, finally signed a peace pact last week.

But these reconciliations remained elusive right to the end, if indeed there is a peaceful end. Piqued at losing...

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