On his return to Johannesburg from tripartite talks in London on Rhodesia, the South African Foreign Minister Mr.
SV South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha seated in front of reporters
SV Botha speaking (2 shots)
BOTHA: "It depends on how seriously the various parties want peace, want a solution. I think there is a basis for it, yes. There's still a basis in the proposals as they were put to me. They do not deviate from that potential and that possibility of coming to an agreement.
"As far as Rhodesia is concerned, South Africa does not favour a specific policy. That is not South Africa's task, never has been and will not become its task. South Africa favours any reasonable solution that will bring peace to the territory, that will receive the majority support of the people, that will ensure economic stability for the people, the blacks and the whites of that country, that will enure law and order and that can take that country into a new era of progress and development. Because it is part of our region and we're in favour of stability all around us. That is what South Africa is favouring."
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Background: On his return to Johannesburg from tripartite talks in London on Rhodesia, the South African Foreign Minister Mr. Pik Botha said on Sunday (14 August) that he thought there was still a basis for a political settlement between blacks and whites in Rhodesia. But he warned the United States not to put any more pressure on South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Botha made the remarks in a news conference at Johannesburg airport. He said South Africa did not favour any specific plans or policies for Rhodesia.