South Africa's Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, has repeated previous promises that the peoples of?
South Africa's Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, has repeated previous promises that the peoples of South West Africa (Namibia) will be allowed to decide their own future. He was speaking at a news conference in Cape Town on Thursday (20 February), after arriving back from his visit to Liberia.
Mr. Vorster denied, however, that he had ever inferred that the territory was a burden to South Africa, although it was well-known that the Republic was spending vast sums of money on the area. He said that his Government was as interested as anyone else in seeing an end to the dispute. But he would not accept any solution that involved handing over South West Africa to SWAPO (the South West African People's Organisation).
At the same news conference, Mr. Vorster said that he had dedicated himself to normalising relations between South Africa and the rest of the continent.
Asked about South Africa's relations with the United Nations and on what issues South Africa would withdraw from the Organisation, Mr. Vorster replied that it would depend on whether it was in South Africa's interests to remain a member. Membership would also have to be compatible with South Africa's self-respect.