South Africa's Foreign Minister Dr. Hilgard Muller said in London on Thursday (20 November) that?
GV Muller seated at desk facing camera (mute).
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: WARD: "Would South Africa take any steps to prevent the Russians from becoming too heavily entrenched in Angola?
MULLER: Well, I don't think that anybody has any doubts that South Africa...the fact that South Africa is not a match for the Russians. But we will certainly do everything in our power to stop them from coming into the Republic or South West Africa. We are hoping that the free world western powers would succeed in applying influence in this area in order to terminate the infiltration of Russians and the highly sophisticated armaments and troops from Cuba. We are convinced that concerted efforts should be made by the West. It is not only in the interest of Southern Africa and ourselves but in the interest of the whole free world that this whole exercise shouldn't go any further.
WARD: You don't then see any South African military involvement in Angola in the near future despite the step-up of a communist advance in the century?
MULLER: No. South Africa doesn't intend to get involved in civil war in Angola although I must draw your attention to the fact that we are involved in a struggle against SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) terrorists on the Northern border with South West Africa and we are determined to continue the very strict counter measures we are thinking about because we owe it to the inhabitants of South West Africa to defend them against any aggression and acts of terrorism.
WARD: On Rhodesia, there seems to be something of a rift in relations between Mr. Smith and Mr. Vorster. Is this indicative of a further South African washing of hands on Rhodesia?
MULLER: No. As a result of a certain statement which Mr. Smith made on television, there was violent reaction in South Africa. But he came down for a conference with our Prime Minister, accompanied by Rhodesian Ministers and subsequently a communique was issued in which Mr. Smith apologised for any misunderstandings that could have arisen - anything which was implied in this statement which could have been read into it and the atmosphere has been cleared as a result of that and relations between us are quite normal again."
EDITOR'S NOTE: This film is serviced with an interview between Visnews Africa Editor William L. Ward and Dr. Muller.
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Background: South Africa's Foreign Minister Dr. Hilgard Muller said in London on Thursday (20 November) that although his country is not a match for the Russians, it will do everything in its power to stop them from "coming into Angola or South West Africa".
At the same time, he expressed the hope that western nations would succeed in applying influence in that area "in order to terminate the infiltration of the Russians".
Dr. Muller said South Africa was convinced that concerted efforts should be made by the West to stop the Russians.
He stated that this was not only in the interest of Southern Africa and South Africa but also in the interest of the whole free world.
The South African Foreign Minister said his country did not intend to get involved in civil war in Angola.
Speaking on relations between his country and Rhodesia, Dr. Muller said these are quite normal again.
He was referring to an incident in which a television statement by Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith invoked violent reaction in south Africa. A communique was subsequently issued containing an apology from Mr. Smith for any misunderstanding that might have arisen out of the statement.