The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in South Africa on Friday?
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in South Africa on Friday (17 September) for talks on Rhodesia and Namibia with South African Prime Minister, John Vorster. The visit is the latest in Dr. Kissinger's tour of African countries to try and find a solution to the problems. But Dr. Kissinger's arrival in Pretoria was marked by renewed violence in non-white townships throughout South Africa, which is having its own racial problems.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kissinger flew to South Africa from Zambia, where he had met President Kenneth Kaunda. The Zambian President warned Dr. Kissinger that the possibility of bloodier fighting in southern Africa was "days rather than weeks away". The Secretary of State has earlier visited Tanzania, where he had talks with President Julius Nyerere, who expressed pessimism about Dr. Kissinger's tour. Dr. Kissinger is hoping that his talks with the South African Prime Minister may provide an area of negotiation with the black African leaders.
There was strict security when Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Vorster met. The two men held discussions on southern Africa in Zurich earlier this month. But President Nyerere said the meeting produced no new initiative for a peaceful future. Dr. Kissinger hopes that new initiatives can be produced during his 11-day mission.
The Secretary of State is due to continue his discussions with Mr. Vorster until Sunday (19 September) when he may meet Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith. President Kaunda, however, said such a meeting might "lend respectability" to Mr. Smith's" illegal regime". But Dr. Kissinger said that such meetings were "the price for a negotiated settlement".
Dr. Kissinger's African tour has been condemned by some black Africans in South Africa, and his arrival was marked by renewed violence. In Johannesburg, two paraffin bombs were hurled into a city centre store causing serious damage but no casualties. There were also shooting incidents in the black township of Soweto on the city's outskirts, and in mixed-race coloured areas outside Cape Town.