Showdown at Lancaster House

As in the last deal of a high-stakes poker game, the London talks on Zimbabwe Rhodesia finished their fifth week with the chips piled high and the hole cards down. But the players left the table with the cards unturned as British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, chairman of the Lancaster House Conference, abruptly suspended negotiations. That was Carrington's response after a second refusal by Patriotic Front Co-Leaders Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo to accept a British-drafted constitution. The talks could not resume, said Carrington, until the guerrilla leaders...

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