Can a Namibian Settlement and Cuban Troops in Angola be Linked?

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about June 1981
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
5 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Cuba
Language: English
Houser discusses the attempt by the Reagan administration to link a settlement of the conflict in Namibia to the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola. Under the U.S. plan, if the Cubans troops are sent home by the Angolans, the U.S. will use its considerable influence to convince South Africa to withdraw its troops from Angola and to hold elections leading to Namibian independence; and the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) government in Angola will be pressured to share power with the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the insurgent group led by Jonas Savimbi and backed by South Africa. Houser says Chester Crocker tested this new policy on a tour in April of the front line states of southern Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. Houser was in trails in both Mozambique and Angola at the same time as Crocker. Houser says he talked with President Kaunda of Zambia, Prime Minister Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Foreign Minister Chissano of Mozambique, and Foreign Minister Jorge of Angola. • 1. South African troops are not in Namibia because Cuban troops are in Angola. • 2. Angola will not accept dictation from the outside. • 3. The front line states and the vast majority of the members of the OAU, support Angola in this position. • 4. There is no guarantee that South Africa would agree to the holding of independence elections in Namibia under UN supervision and control even if Cuban troops were to withdraw from Angola
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