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    South Africa's Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, has repeated previous promises that the peoples of?

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    GTV ZOOM OUT FROM Centre of Cape Town

    SV INTERIOR Mr. Vorster talking to reporter BRING SOUND UP AT 15 FT.

    GV Reporter talking to Mr. Vorster

    CU Vorster speaking

    TRANSCRIPT: VORSTER: We are as anxious as the next country to solve this problem. It's been a thorny problem in international affairs for decades. It stands to reason if this problem,like all other problems can be solved, I will certainly do my level best to solve it. But one solution that I won't accept - and I've said that publicly on a number of occasions - is to hand over South West Africa to SWAPO, 'cause SWAPO is not South West Africa and its leader is neither an elected nor a natural leader of South West Africa.

    VORSTER: (2nd Extract) Mainly, first of all, whether it is in South Africa's interests to remain a member of UNO, and whether it's compatible with our self-respect to remain a member, and of course if it's made impossible for us from the point of view of self-respect, then we have no option but to withdraw, and if it's not in our interests to remain a member, then naturally our interests will demand that we leave the organisation.

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    This film includes extracts from Mr. Vorster's remarks at the news conference.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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.

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