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Clinton, Mandela Discuss Rights Situation in Nigeria

May 11, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton and South African President Nelson Mandela discussed the ``deteriorating human rights situation″ in Nigeria in a 10-minute telephone conversation today, the White House said.

They also discussed reforms under way in the South African education system.

But White House spokesman James Fetig said the two leaders did not discuss the recent introduction of South Africa’s new constitution or the decision by Deputy President F.W. de Klerk to pull his National Party out of the country’s ruling coalition.

On Nigeria, Fetig said Clinton and Mandela ``discussed how they could work together to help move Nigeria toward respect for democracy, the rule of law and human rights.″

Fetig said Clinton assured Mandela that the United States would support him in his educational reform effort ``in any way that it could.″

The call was placed by Clinton at Mandela’s request, Fetig said.

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