Anti-apartheid demonstrators gave a rowdy reception to South African Foreign Minister Hildgard Muller as he arrived for talks at the British Foreign Office today (Wednesday).
SV Police outside Foreign Office
SV Muller arrives in car, into Foreign Office
SV Demonstrators chanting being moved by police.
SV Muller leaving & interviewed by press
SV Walks to car and car away
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): MULLER: "I'm not prepared to say anything, apart from saying that I had a very useful discussion of a general nature with Sir Alec Douglas-Home."
QUESTION: "Will you be going home encouraged?"
MULLER: "I've said I had a useful discussion, that's all I'll say."
QUESTION: "What are your plans now?"
MULLER: "I'm going home. Goodbye."
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Background: Anti-apartheid demonstrators gave a rowdy reception to South African Foreign Minister Hildgard Muller as he arrived for talks at the British Foreign Office today (Wednesday). Though agreeing that he had discussed the possible resumption of British arms sales to his country, Dr. Muller refused to elaborate on the outcome of the negotiations.
After his 50-minute meeting with the new British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Dr. Muller said that they had discussed the question of arms in the context of the 1955 Simonstown Agreement, which gave Britain access to the South African naval base in exchange for the delivery of British ships and aircraft to defend the Cape sea route.
Pressed to give further details of the talks, Dr. Muller refused to be specific:
Earlier, about 40 demonstrators surrounded Dr. Muller as he arrived at the Foreign Office. Two were arrested. But although the police dispersed most of the demonstrators, there were some further scuffles as Dr. Muller emerged at the end of his talks -- to renewed shouts of "No arms for apartheid."