United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived in Johannesburg on Monday (6 March) for talks with South African leaders on the disputed territory of Southwest Africa -- which the U.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived in Johannesburg on Monday (6 March) for talks with South African leaders on the disputed territory of Southwest Africa -- which the U.N. calls Namibia. The future of the territory has deadlocked South Africa and the U.N. for 26 years.
Dr. Wldheim first Secretary-General to visit South Africa for 11 Years, had talks with South African Prime Minister John Vorster on Monday in Capetown. On Tuesday (7 March) Dr. Waldheim and South African Foreign Minister Hilgard Muller went to the territory for an on-the-spot inspection.
South Africa has rejected repeated U.N. calls to quit the territory which is first administered under a mandate of the now-defunct League of Nations 50 years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Johannesburg airport saw the arrival of United Nations Secretary-General Waldheim on Monday. He and a party of aides wee visiting South Africa for talk with the country's leaders on the future of the controversial territory of Southwest Africa. Called Nambia by the U.N. it's deadlocked the world body and South Africa for 26 years. Dr. Waldheim is the first U.N. Secretary General to visit South Africa for 11 years.
On Monday Dr. Waldheim had talks with South African Prime Minister John Vorster. The next day he went on an on-the-spot inspection tour of the region, accompanied by the South African Foreign Minister. South Africa has rejected U.N. calls to quit the territory under ??? League of Nations mandate 50 years ago.
Whatever the outcome, Dr. Wldheim's presence is reportedly seen as a diplomatic breakthrough.