The five major Western powers have failed to persuade South Africa to abandon its December election plans for Namibia (South West Africa).
The five major Western powers have failed to persuade South Africa to abandon its December election plans for Namibia (South West Africa). The Western ministers completed three days of intensive talks with members of the Pretoria government on Thursday (19 October). After the talks, both sides issued compromise statement which said the West would regard the unilateral elections in December as null and void. But the Western delegates will try to persuade the United Nations to hold a second election next year, under U.N. supervision.
SYNOPSIS: The Union Buildings in the South African capital Pretoria, were the venue for the talks. Delegates from the five Western powers - the United States, Canada, Britain, France and West Germany -- were greeted by South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, as they arrived on Thursday.
South African Prime Minister peiter Botha, agreed to persuade the Namibian government - elected in December - to co-operate in later holding U.N. supervised elections next year.