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Closer ties sought with S. Africa
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Reagan - BUT THEY also suggest an
administration believes it is possible to awareness that any close U.S. iden-
restore South Africa's place as an "im- S tate d ept. d OC um en t f tification with South Africa would be
portant regional actor with whom we politically impossible without an easing
can cooperate" provided she eases her of racial discrimination in that country.
white supremacist policies and moves s" f 0 C The memos also reflect South
to end control over Namibia, according re ea R'a'n'I' o . i d- Africa's doubts about American resolve
to confidential documents. in preventing the spread of Marxism in
The State Department documents, nment's policy. peaceful settlement of the Namibia the region and its mistrust for the
made available to The Associated Passage said an urgent investigation problem. United States based on past hostility.
Press, offer a rare glimpse into official is under way to try to determine who ANOTHER AFRICA subcommittee Taken together, the memos suggest a
administration thinking as it examined was responsible for the leak. member, Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-N.Y.) downgrading. of American preoc-
the conflicting pressures affecting MEANWHILE, AT the Capitol, Rep. said the disclosures had him "very cupation with the race issue in South
policy toward South Africa and Arlen Erdahl (R-Minn.) said the newly much concerned about an apparent Africa compared with the Carter ad-
southern Africa in general. disclosed memos as well as recent drift in American policies toward South ministration and a new emphasis on a
THEY MAKE clear that the ad- Reagan administratipn statements give Africa." potential South African role as a defen-
ministration would like to see an end to the impression that "we are getting a "The problem with the ad- der of Western interests.
South Africa's "polecat status" in the bit more cozy than we need to be" with ministration's approach is that it THE DOCUMENTS were made
world, and begin instead an era of South Africa. greatly underestimates the degree to available by Randall Robinson, direc-
"friendship and cooperation." "There's just no way we can accept which closer relations with South tor of TransAfrica, an anti-apartheid
The lead drew a sharp reaction from or tolerate their apartheid policy," said Africa will create political problems for private research group based in
the State Department. Spokesman Erdahl, a member of the House Foreign the United States with the rest of Africa Washington. Robinson did not disclose
David Passage said an attempt to in- Affairs subcommittee on Africa. and in the Third World," Solarz said. how he obtained the documents.
fluence foreign policy by leaking He added that "we should continue to The documents depict South Africa as The documents reveal administration
documents is equivalent to a code clerk lean on them diplomatically and a potential ally in assisting U.S. attem- attitudes on the South African gover-
leaking documents to a foreign power economically" to promote democratic pts to limit Soviet penetration in nment as it was undertaking high-level
because he disagrees with his gover- change within South Africa and southern Africa. contacts in April and i May.
Reagan seeks tax-cut
compromise with Densm
From AP and UPI a compromise with Democratic
WASHINGTON - President Reagan leaders, will try to resurrect the same
has invited House and Senate bipartisan coalition of Republicans and
Democratic leaders to the White House conservative Democrats that suc-
on Monday in a new bid to revive a cessfully pushed Reagan's spending
bipartisan compromise on a multi-year cuts through the House earlier this
tax-cut plan, the White House chief of month.
staff announced yesterday. White House deputy press secretary
The invitation came a day after key Larry Speakes said the administration
House Democrats rejected the basic clearly prefers a deal with the
elements of Reagan's proposed across- Democratic leadership. "We'd like to
the-board cuts in individual tax rates have everybody on board," he said.
over three years. Speakes said yesterday's meeting
WHITE HOUSE officials said they with conservative Reps. Charles
remain hopeful of forging a com- Stenholm, Phil Gramm, and Kent Han-
promise with leaders of the ce was to explore possibilities for a
Democratic-controlled House despite broad bipartisan compromise. Besides
the administration's setback Thursday, Baker, administration officials at the
when most Democrats on the House meeting included Treasury Secretary
Ways and Means Committee held firm Donald Regan and Max Friedersdorf,
for a one-year cut favoring lower- and the president's congressional liaison.
James Baker, Reagan's chief of staff, THE THREE Texans are leaders of
told reporters that the presidential in- the Conservative Democratic Forum, a
vitation is "an effort to see if we can group of 47 House Democrats who
work out some sort of a bipartisan tax deserted the House leadership and
bill." , provided Reagan the votes he needed to
"I think I'd characterize the situation carry his spending cuts.
as fluid," he said, "The president is Stenholm said after the meeting that
very hopeful." "no deals were cut or agreements of
DEMOCRATIC leaders invited to any kind made."
Monday's meeting are House Speaker Although Reagan has asked for a 30
Thomas - "Tip" O'Neill Jr. of percent cut in tax rates over three
Massachusetts, Majority Leader Jim years, beginning July 1, administration
Wright and Ways and Means Commit- officials indicate they could accept a
tee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski from smaller cut that the conservative
the House, as well as Senate Minority Democrats and key Senate Republicans
Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia are promoting. That proposal would cut
and Sen. Russell Long of Louisiana, taxes 25 percent. over three years
ranking minority member of the Senate beginning Oct. 1.
Finance Committee. Gramm, who co-sponsored the spen-
Meanwhile, Wright said he, too, is ding cut bill that embodied Reagan's
hopeful of compromise. Wright said proposals, said a consensus is building
House Democrats will accept a two- in the House for the 25 percent cut,
year tax cut if the administration will which recently was endorsed by Sen.
agree to more relief for less affluent Bob Dole (R-Kan.), chairman of the
Americans. Senate Finance Committee. "We will
Earlier yesterday, Baker and other move ahead with a bipartisan tax plan"
top White House officials held an hour- along the lines of the Republican-
long meeting with a trio of conservative southern Democrat budget coalition, he
House Democrats from Texas who led a said.
Democratic defection in support of Speakes said Reagan has no "ar-
President Reagan's spending cuts tificial deadline" for a compromise, but
earlier this month. there is "an urgency" because of
THE MEETING raised the prospect Congress' self-imposed Aug. 1 deadline
that the administration, failing to reach for tax legislation.
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