Significant progress towards securing negotiated independence for Namibia is claimed by United Nations Security Council delegates, despite this week's sudden withdrawal from the talks by South African Foreign Minister, Mr.
INTERIOR MV: From left to 28 right:United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance; UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim; Canadian Foreign Minister Don Jamieson; US Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young, and Canadian Ambassador to the UN, William Barton seated talking.
EXTERIOR MV: Jamieson talks to newsmen.
REPORTER: "Foreign Minister, do you have a view on the possibility of the South Africans going for an internal solution in Namibia?"
JAMIESON: "It would be up to the South Africans, I suppose, in the last analysis to make that kind of decision. Obviously, we are all of the view that they ought not to move in that direction, and we are encouraged by the development of the last three or four days to feel that that's not something that's immediate or pending."
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Background: Significant progress towards securing negotiated independence for Namibia is claimed by United Nations Security Council delegates, despite this week's sudden withdrawal from the talks by South African Foreign Minister, Mr.Pik Botha. Discussions began in New York at the weekend between Mr. Botha and the foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, Canada, France and West Germany. Mr. Botha cut short the talks to fly home to South Africa on Monday (13 February) to report to his government.
SYNOPSIS: Shortly afterwards, the United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, received a briefing on the talks from United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Canadian Foreign Minister Donald Jamieson, accompanied by both countries Ambassadors to the U.N. Later, in a rare combined press conference, the five foreign ministers involved announced that progress had been made towards an agreement between South Africa and Nationalists of SWAPO - the South Africa People's Organisation. The Western team said both parties had made concessions,and there was now a fair chance Namibia would agree to independence within the framework of the United Nations resolutions. Canadian Foreign Minister Jamieson spoke about the progress: