INTRODUCTION: The complex diplomatic manoeuvrings that have characterised attempts to find a peace formula to end the fighting in Namibia (South West Africa) continued last week.
GV EXT Botha entering State Department
GV EXT Demonstrators with anti-South African placards
SV INT Botha and Haig shake hands for photocall
SV INT Paul Rupia speaking at UN press conference
GV Journalists taking notes as Rupia continues to speak
SV Rupia speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
RUPIA (SEQ. 6): "The African group deeply regrets and deplores the decision of the United States administration to extend an invitation to the Foreign Minister of the apartheid regime of South Africa to pay an official visit to this country. We regret that, just after the aftermath of the triple vetoes of the resolution of the Security Council on measures against South Africa, when the memories of the recalcitrance of the apartheid regime at the Geneva talks are still fresh in the mind of the international community, to United States has found it prudent to yet again act with utmost contempt of international opinion. At a time when the efforts of the international community to bring about a negotiated settlement to the question of Namibia have been affronted by the intransigence and prevarication of South Africa; at a time when South Africa continues to entrench its illegal occupation of that territory, it is more regrettable that the United States should have found it appropriate to embrace and fraternise with that regime. And the purpose of the Security Council was to institute measures that would have forced South Africa to be more responsive to the wishes of the international community. It is our intention to continue with these measures in the Special Session of the General Assembly. One also has to take into account the fact that we are widening the campaign against South Africa, we are widening the campaign against those countries that give comfort to South Africa, and it is our intention to use the General Assembly to the fullest in that particular exercise. It is our intention to expose all the evils that surround the South African regime, it is our intention to expose the dangers that the neighbouring countries are exposed to as a result of the aggressions committed by South Africa; and, indeed, it is our intention to emphasise the fact that unless the international community acts in concert, then we will have to know who is for the speedy independence of Namibia, and who is not. And all
this will come up in the process of the General Assembly debate, and indeed this was the case during the Security Council debate."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The complex diplomatic manoeuvrings that have characterised attempts to find a peace formula to end the fighting in Namibia (South West Africa) continued last week. South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha, in Washington on an official visit, agreed to a new plan which would involve guarantees for the white community in the former German colony -- which South Africa administers in defiance of the United Nations. But the 50-nation African group at the U.N. was angered that Botha had been invited to Washington, and described the decision as an "unfriendly act". The new moves come in the wake of a veto imposed by the United States, France and Britain on a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for sanctions on South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Botha came to Washington to discuss the new peace initiative proposed by the United States and other Western governments. But not all his greetings from Americans were welcoming.
(DEMONSTRATORS ON FILM CHANT: "BOTHA HAIG, YOU CAN'T HIDE, WE CHARGE GENOCIDE")
Mr. Botha approved the plan after talks with U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig. The State Department was pleased, but the United Nations African group was not, as Chairman Paul Rupia explained.