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African heads of state, ending a three-day Organization of African Unity summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said the size of U.N. peacekeeping forces in Namibia is inadequate to guarantee even the minimum conditions for free and fair elections. They also asked the U.N. Security Council to order South Africa to halt intimidation of voters in advance of Namibia’s pre-independence balloting Nov. 6. There are 4,650 U.N. troops in Namibia, far below the 7,500 recommended by the Security Council in 1978. The 49-nation African group also called for Western nations to emulate the United States and France and write off the continent’s crushing $230-billion foreign debt.


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