South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha has been commenting on the talks about the future of Namibia-South West Africa-that have been taking place in Pretoria.
SV: South African Foreign Affairs Minister Pik Botha talking to reporter, Pretoria, South Africa, (ENGLISH SPEECH)
BOTHA: "I can't say. We are still in the midst of the process of talks. We conducted very thorough discussions over the past few days on the issue of South West Africa, and the five Western countries will now report to their governments, and I assume they will let us known of their reaction in good time."
REPORTER: "I think the question on everybody's minds is 'Has South Africa agreed to withdraw her security forces from South West Africa?"
BOTHA: "The answer is 'No'. It is of great importance to the South African Government that the security of the country, and the peoples of South Africa, is of paramount importance - we have agreed to nothing that will jeopardise the security of the people or the maintenance of law and order in South West Africa. This is the corner-stone of our approach, and we..we have made that clear, and secondly, politically, we have always indicated that the people of the territory will decide their own future, and that remains unchanged."
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Background: South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha has been commenting on the talks about the future of Namibia-South West Africa-that have been taking place in Pretoria. The talks ended inconclusively after a United Nations delegation of five major Western powers-Britain, France, the United States, Canada, West Germany-had unsuccessfully called for the withdrawal of South African troops from the territory during the four-day talks. Referring to "law and order." Mr. Botha-himself a former South African Ambassador to the United Nations-said troop withdrawal from the disputed territory was not in question, but he did not know what the next stage of negotiations would be.