The South African Prime Minister, Mr John Vorster, has said he would like to believe that the United States had taken an interest in Southern Africa in order to keep Marxists out.
MV South African Prime Minister John Vorster speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: VORSTER: "I will to the best of my ability put South Africa's case to Mr Mondale, and South Africa has in fact a case to put. In some circles it has been suggested that I'm going there to take orders, I'm going there to discuss and I presume, and I accept, that that is also Mr Mondale's intention -- to have a full and frank discussion with me in regard to these various matters.
REPORTER: "On the problems of Southern Africa, Mr Vorster, what role do you see for the USA in this area?"
VORSTER: "Well it is very difficult to say precisely what role I see for them. The question is what role do they see for themselves? And in this regard it will be recalled that the United States came into Africa, as it were, because they too were afraid that the Marxists had certain takeover in mind as far as Africa and Southern Africa, and it is for that reason that they have taken this interest, so I would like to believe, so as to keep the Marxists out of Southern Africa and Africa for that matter."
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Background: The South African Prime Minister, Mr John Vorster, has said he would like to believe that the United States had taken an interest in Southern Africa in order to keep Marxists out. He was speaking about the talks he will have in Vienna on Friday (20 May) with the Vice-President of the United States, Mr Walter Mondale. In Johannesburg, Mr Vorster was asked by an S.A.B.C. reporter about South Africa's position at the meeting.
The U.S. Vice-President, Mr Mondale, is on a ten-nation tour which includes his stop in Vienna. It is part of a current spate of international diplomatic efforts to bring peace to southern Africa. In Mozambique, a conference organised by the United Nations has opened, attended by delegates from nearly 90 countries. Its aim is to increase pressure for black majority rule in Rhodesia and Namibia (formerly South West Africa). United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kurt Waldheim, told the conference he feared a grave international disaster if efforts to bring peace in the area weren't increased.