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Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa.

This volume is part of a Foreign Relations subseries that documents the most important foreign policy issues of the Jimmy Carter administration. The focus of this volume is on U.S. policy toward Angola, Namibia, Rhodesia, and South Africa. Documentation on Sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn, and North Africa will be published in separate volumes.

The volume documents the Carter administration’s efforts to promote peace and stability in the region through multiple approaches: encouraging the removal of Cuban troops in Angola while taking steps toward normalizing relations with the Neto regime; reinvigorating the moribund peace negotiations on Namibia and Rhodesia started under Henry Kissinger; and working with South Africa on these negotiations while encouraging them to address their own racial turmoil by embracing a more inclusive society and dismantling apartheid.

This compilation was compiled and edited by Myra F. Burton. The volume and this press release are available on the Office of the Historian website at Copies of the volume will be available for purchase from the U.S. Government Publishing Office online at (GPO S/N 044-000-02682-1; ISBN 978-0-16-093461-2), or by calling toll-free 1-866-512-1800 (D.C. area 202-512-1800). For further information, contact

Source: U.S. State Department.