Three days of talks between representatives of the five major Western powers and South Africa ended in Cape Town on Friday (29 April) with an agreement to hold further meetings.
SV Mr. Don McHenry (USA) arrives at office of Prime Minister, John Vorster in Cape Town
GV INT Delegates seated
CU Vorster making statement
VORSTER: "We've had frank and useful discussions with the delegations from Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America on the question of South West Africa. These delegations, as you have heard, will now report back to their respective governments on the substance of these discussions and I will report back to my government following which further talks, as you have heard, are envisaged. Thank you ladies and gentlemen, that concludes our proceedings in this room."
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Background: Three days of talks between representatives of the five major Western powers and South Africa ended in Cape Town on Friday (29 April) with an agreement to hold further meetings. The discussions were centred around the future of South West Africa (Namibia), which is governed by South Afrida, in defiance of a United Nations mandate.
Reuters news agency says the western powers pressed for free elections with participation by SWAPO, the South West Africa People's Organisation, now fighting a guerrilla war for outright black majority rule.
SYNOPSIS: Neither side would give any details of the meeting, but South Africa's Prime Minister, John Vorster, read a brief statement to newsmen after the talks.