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Conductors of Stagnation

sion ceases to exist". SWAPO too has made its position clear. However, despite the differences on this issue, and the possible delay in the resolution of the Namibian conflict, the prospects of an eventual peaceful settlement continue to remain bright. The very fact that Pretoria and its Western backers have attached such importance to the presence of Cuban troops in Angola indicates an important advantage African states have in bringing about a peaceful set' tlement. Further, there is good reason for Angola adopting not too rigid a position on the presence of Cuban troops. Angola is keen on US diplo matic recognition, Western economic assistance, and an end to military hostilities with Pretoria. Hut neither Angola nor SWAPO can be expected to give in to Western pressures for considering Cuban troop withdrawal as a precondition for settlement when the extent of concessions they can derive has not been exhausted

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