Southern Africa in Transition

Archive Report

Efforts to Ease Black-White Problem

Gathering Drive for Rule by Black Majority

Outlines of a peaceful resolution of the tense social, political and economic problems besetting the white and black societies in the southern tier of African states are beginning to appear. Replacing hostile confrontation is the prospect of new economic cooperation for this huge area, more than half the size of the United States but populated by only some 50–60 million people. In Rhodesia, which is now one key to peace in the region, guerrillas who want to wage “chimurenga” (armed struggle for liberation of the state, which they call Zimbabwe) have observed a cease-fire since December. Despite many obstacles, preparations continue for a constitutional conference to determine that country's future.

A potentially decisive development occurred ...

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