February 20, 1997 |
The government here rejected a U.N. proposal to end Zaire's civil war, describing it Wednesday as a "timid advance" that fails to condemn neighboring African countries for supporting the rebels. Nevertheless, South African President Nelson Mandela said the two sides may begin peace talks as early as today. "The contending parties in that conflict . . . have made a request that they would like to meet in South Africa," Mandela said in Cape Town after holding talks with African leaders.