Africa Notes: U.S. Military Interests In Postapartheid South Africa - May 1994
May 1, 1994
The elections that have taken place in South Africa, and the manner in which the new postapartheid government has been formed, constitute what many Americans feel is the most important political event in Africa in the twentieth century. Both in the negotiations process that led to the historic transition to a nonracial, multiparty democracy and in the broad consultations on how to restore growth and investment, South Africans have demonstrated flexibility, vision, and practicality. The extraordinary challenges that lie ahead will require even greater input of the courage, strength, persistence, and intellectual powers manifested in the arduous transition process.
The primary interest of the United States in postapartheid South Africa is in being helpful, where South Africans determine we can be, in the shaping of their uniquely endowed country into a political and economic model for the continent. It is in this context that we look forward to the resumption of normal military-to-military relations between our armed forces and South Africa's newly amalgamated National Defense Force.