South African anti-apartheid politicians Colin Eglin and Mrs. Helen Suzman stopped only for a transit?
GV EXT Abidjan Airport
SV Aircraft on tarmac
SV People on airport balcony (2 shots)
SV Interviewer asks Mrs. Suzman and Eglin questions (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: QUESTION: "Do you know the reasons for not extending your visit here?"
EGLIN: "No, we don't know the reasons, we presume these are diplomatic reasons, and I would suggest associated possibly with negotiations with the South African Government. We have not been told any detailed reasons."
QUESTION: "Have you been told that there would be any further contacts with you? Is it just a postponement or what?"
SUZMAN: "Not really, we haven't been given any further information, we were just told that the projected visit was not going to come off."
QUESTION: "When you were promised the visit, were you promised a meeting with the President as well?"
EGLIN: "No, I think this is an overstatement to say a promise. We were busy negotiating from South Africa. All the indications three weeks ago were that we could arrive in Abidjan, and the indications were that we could have discussions with someone in the Government."
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Background: South African anti-apartheid politicians Colin Eglin and Mrs. Helen Suzman stopped only for a transit visit in the Ivory capital, Abidjan last week (7 October) having failed to secure an extended stay for talks with Government representatives.
Mrs. Suzman, South Africa's only Progressive Party M.P., and her party chairman, Mr. Eglin, were in the course of a tour of Black African countries, and had negotiated for talks in the Ivory Coast from South Africa.
This was how the two South Africans explained their reception in the Ivory Coast to BBC reporter Mrs. Tamar Golan.