British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan departed from the scheduled itinerary for his six-nation tour of Africa when he flew to south Africa on Saturday (4 January) for talks with Prime Minister John Vorster.
GV Office of President and coat of arms in Gaborone, Botswana (2 shots)
CU Callaghan speaking:
GV Sea front, flags and hotel at Port Elizabeth (3 shots)
CU Callaghan speaking:
CU Vorster speaking:
(SEQ. 2): Callaghan: "I feel that - as is very well known - I'm very ready to see those who would be helpful towards a settlement in Rhodesia. That's the reason I'm making this very long detour today. But I don't think it rests with me whether they see me."
QUESTION: "Do You consider that the Gaborone talks can make a meaningful contribution to establishing dialogue between the white south and the independent countries to the north. If so, on what lines?"
CALLAGHAN: "Yes, I think not only can they do so, but they have already done so. I think the work that President Seretse Khama has done as one of the three presidents in Lusaka has already borne some fruit. And his wisdom and knowledge of the situation in southern Africa has been of very great benefit to me this morning. We have had a very good exchange with each other in which we were able to talk about the prospects in southern Africa on a very wide canvas."
VORSTER: "I stated my views, from time to time, that -- given the necessary goodwill -- I am optimistic."
QUESTION: "And do you think there is the necessary goodwill?"
(SEQ. 6): VORSTER: "It depends entirely -- as I said in my New Year's Message -- if the black leaders want a solution. Then I think a solution will be found."
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Background: British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan departed from the scheduled itinerary for his six-nation tour of Africa when he flew to south Africa on Saturday (4 January) for talks with Prime Minister John Vorster. The detour came after Mr. Callaghan had spent several hours in discussion with Botswana's President, Sir Seretse Khama, in the country's capital, Gaborone.
Before leaving Gaborone in a Zambia Airways 'plane, Mr. Callaghan spoke to reporters in a Zambia Airways 'plane, Mr. Callaghan spoke to reporters about the progress he had made so far in his tour towards a possible solution of the Rhodesia question. He said that the work of Sir Seretse Khama and other African leaders at the Lusaka talks last month had brought solution closer. A transcript of the British Foreign Secretary's comments appears overleaf.
The meeting between Mr. Callaghan and Mr. Vorster - the first time a British Foreign Secretary has visited South Africa since the country left the Commonwealth in 1961 - took place in the coastal town of Port Elizabeth. The two men held what were later described as "businesslike" and "worthwhile" discussions lasting two and a half hours, in the eighth-floor suite of the town's only multi-racial hotel.
They discussed the future of Rhodesia and of southern Africa in general, with particular reference to the mandated territory of Namibia (South West Africa) which South Africa continues to administer despite a United Nations ruling. In the separate news conferences held following the historic meeting, neither leader would elaborate on issues they had discussed. Mr. Callaghan referred to the way he had been able to transmit the views not only of the British Government but also of African leaders he had spoken to during his tour, while the South African Prime Minister expressed optimism for a solution to the Rhodesia situation provided "the necessary goodwill" was shown among all leaders concerned.