United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived in Capetown on Monday (March 6) for talks with Prime Minister John Vorster on the political future of South-West Africa (Namibia), a subject which has long embittered relations between South Africa and the U.
United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived in Capetown on Monday (March 6) for talks with Prime Minister John Vorster on the political future of South-West Africa (Namibia), a subject which has long embittered relations between South Africa and the U.N.
On Tuesday (March 7), Dr. Waldheim became the first U.N. leader to set foot in the disputed territory when he flew there from Capetown for a one-day inspection tour. Later, he returned to Capetown to resume his five days of scheduled talks with South African leaders
Dr. Waldheim was in capetown following last month's U.N. Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa which invited the U.N. chief to raise the problem of South-west Africa's independence with all parties concerned.
SYNOPSIS: Rival groups of demonstrators were on hand at Capetown's airport on Monday to greet United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who is in South Africa to discuss future control of South-West Africa, or Namibia, as it is called by the United Nations.
Dr. Waldheim arrived in Capetown after an earlier stop in Johannesburg. Students from the English-speaking University of Capetown chanted "free South-West Africa" while a smaller group from a nearby Afrikaans university held placards reading "we have nothing to hide." Before travelling into Capetown to begin talks with South African Prime Minister John Vorster, the U.N. leader expressed hopes that the talks would go well.
Despite U.N. General Assembly and World Court verdicts, South Africa has repeatedly rejected U.N. Calls to withdraw from South-West Africa, a former German Colony which it originally administered under a mandate from the now-defunct League of Nations.
After leaving the airport Dr. Waldheim arrived at the government building where he is seen here receiving an official welcome from the South African Prime Minister, Mr. Vorster. Since their first meeting Dr. Waldheim has made a one-day visit to South-West Africa to see the territory for himself. The U.N. chief is in Capetown following last month's U.N. Security Council resolution in Addis Ababa which invited Dr. Waldheim to discuss the problems of South-West Africa's independence with all parties concerned. It's the first time in 11 years that a U.N. Secretary-General has visited South Africa.