The Presidential Years

South Africa's President Mandela appears to be trying to lower the heat in his name-calling row with F-W de Klerk. At the weekend Mandela called the deputy president a joke for insisting on amnesty for former top officials accused of committing murders under apartheid. But Mandela now insists he has no particular bias against de Klerk.

President Mandela met the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Soskovets as his angry dispute with F- W de Klerk rumbled on.