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Citing 'critical situation' in S. Africa, Mandela cancels Stanford visit

STANFORD -- Citing "the very critical situation of violence" in South Africa, black leader Nelson Mandela has canceled a scheduled visit to Stanford University.

Mandela, the president of the African National Congress, had been scheduled to hold meetings and give a speech at Stanford on Monday, Nov. 9, before later addressing the United Nations Security Council in New York.

The Stanford Law School, which was sponsoring the campus appearance, understands the reasons for the cancellation and will attempt to reschedule the speech for a later date, organizer Margery Savoye said. Mandela was to receive the Law School's Jackson H. Ralston Prize in International Law, which recognizes original and distinguished contributions to the development of the role of law and the establishment of peace and justice.

In a letter faxed to William Gould, the Stanford law professor who helped arrange the planned visit, Mandela said:

"I regret to inform you, at such late notice, that due to the very critical situation of violence which has escalated to a dangerous level, I am forced to curtail my forthcoming visit to the United States of America....Please do accept my deep apologies but I hope that you will understand the very grave circumstances and continue to lend support to the people of South Africa in their bid for peace, justice and democracy."



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