Ali Abu Nimeh

Dateline Washington: Sometime in the Imaginary Past

President F.W. De Klerk and ANC leader Nelson Mandela today signed an historic "Declaration of Principles," on the White House lawn, which many hope will signal an end to South Africa's long and bloody conflict, and put that country on the road to peace. President Clinton, who presided over the ceremony, said "It is a privilege to witness the beginning of the end of South Africa's agony. We believe that this agreement is the only route to peace and justice for all of South Africa's people."

The basic outlines of the historic agreement are as follows:

The Government of South Africa recognizes that the ANC (African National Congress) is the representative of South African's Black majority.

The ANC renounces armed struggle and agrees to negotiate a political solution to all outstanding issues with the government of South Africa.