As I had told P.W. Botha, I went to South Africa not knowing how much contribution I might be able to make to the ending of apartheid, but determined to combine my efforts with those of my friend Dr Chester Crocker, Assistant Secretary for Africa under President Reagan, to secure a resolution of the Namibia problem. That at least, I was convinced, ought to be attainable. Crocker had been criticized for linking South African withdrawal from Namibia to the withdrawal of the 30 000 Cuban troops in Angola. Personally I believed that linkage was justified, both because it was in any event desirable to get the Cubans out of Angola and because I did not see how, otherwise, we were going to persuade the South Africans to withdraw from Namibia.


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