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Angola- The Soviet Connection

between the United States and Cuba in February 1973 providing for the extradition or prosecution of hijackers of planes and sailing vessels landing in either country, and with the seemingly moderate stance of president Ford, it looked as if the United Stales was learning to live with Cuba, But apparently the United States wanted a price for its-condescending to co-exist with Cuba; the price was that Cuba should 'behave' like a good boy, and do nothing to upset the United States. Thus there has been no end of criticism and anger in the United States over Cuba's intervention in Angola. Of course, it was perfectly proper for the United States to interfere in the internal affairs of African countries, and for its secretary of stale to pressurise and cajole one or the other of the factions of various liberation movements in southern Africa to come to an acceptable compromise with the illegal and racist regimes in Zimbabwe and Azania. But for Cuba to have supported, together with the Soviet Union, one of the nationalist organisations in Angola against the others is, in American eyes, an altogether different matter.

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