Afghanistan Homeward Bound at Last

Amid nagging worries, an accord on Soviet withdrawal is signed

United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar declared the occasion a "major stride in the effort to bring peace to Afghanistan," but his audience looked less than convinced. As diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the U.S. and the Soviet Union gathered in Geneva's Palais des Nations last week to sign an accord that secured the withdrawal of the 115,000 Soviet troops from Afghanistan beginning May 15, serious questions remained about a pact that had been under negotiation for the past six years.

The most problematic section called for a ban on "encouraging or supporting rebellious activities" -- wording that was clearly aimed...

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