South African Prime Minister John Vorster arrived in the small resort of Bodenmais in the West German state of Bavaria today (23 June) for talks with United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the future of southern Africa.
GV PAN ZOOM IN Bodenmais village
SV: riot police marching
SV ZOOM IN TO SCU Vorster down steps of helicopter and greeted by mayor and hotel manager
SV: riot police advancing to protect Kissinger
SV: Kissinger surrounded by security men
SV: anti-Vorster demonstrators
SV: riot police rushing forward and scuffling with demonstrators, arrests made and police close barrier
SV INTERIOR PAN FROM newsmen TO Kissinger and Vorster surrounded by security men (2 shots)
SV: Kissinger and Vorster walking among security men
An official spokesman for Mr Vorster told Reuters on Tuesday (22 June) that the South African Prime Minister will listen to criticisms of his own policies, but is not prepared do boycott or dictate to Rhodesia. The spokesman, Mr Vlok Delport, also said that the discussions were unlikely to yield spectacular results and "can only at this stage be an exchange of views".
BIDDULPH: "This secluded village miles from anywhere was chosen by the West German government, to the astonishment of the American State Department, for security reasons. The West German government faces an election later this year - it did not want to appear to be giving extraordinary treatment to Mr Vorster - so the arrangements to get him into the meadow behind the hotel were elaborate. but once Mr Vorster was on the ground it became a free-for-all and the official welcoming party consisted only of the local mayor and the hotel manager. The police were discreetly in the background. That all changed when Dr. Kissinger was due. Several hundred police were brought onto the scene, security became drastic and the police took no chances with a couple of dozen left-wing demonstrators, who seemed to object to Mr Vorster and Dr Kissinger in equal measure".
BIDDULPH: "There were already a number of vital elements in the talks between these two men, but the whole focus of the talks was sharpened by what happened in south Africa last week - the bloodshed and the rioting. No-body is suggesting that what is happening here today and tomorrow is going to settle the future of Southern Africa. But it could have a vital impact on the whole future of American policy towards the continent of Africa".
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Background: South African Prime Minister John Vorster arrived in the small resort of Bodenmais in the West German state of Bavaria today (23 June) for talks with United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the future of southern Africa. BBC reporter Jim Biddulph takes up the story.