INTRODUCTION: The outlook for an internationally-recognized settlement for Namibia (South West Africa) was expected to be prominent in talks that South African Prime Minister P.W. Botha was to have in Washington on Thursday (14 May) with United States Secretary of State Alexander Haig.
GV INTERIOR Prime Minister P.W. Botha and Foreign Minister Pik Botha entering conference room and seated (2 shots)
CU Prime Minster Botha speaking (2 shots)
CU Prime Minister speaking on Namibia, newsmen listening (2 shots)
SV Botha and Pik Botha as Prime Minister speaks about French elections (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Dr. Motlana walking down front steps of court
CU Motlana speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
P.W. BOTHA: (SEQ 2): "I am highly satisfied with the outcome of the elections. A fifty-three, uh, seven, three percent vote in our favour, to my mind, is encouraging and a definite mandate to the government to proceed with its work.
"We are still working in a positive way to contribute our share on a solution of the South African problem, and to co-operate with the main internal parties in South West Africa, as well as those friendly countries in the international world who are prepared to work to help solve the international problems of South West Africa.
"I cannot dictate to France on their leadership; that is entirely their item. Our relations with France have been fairly good during the last number of years, and I can't see that we intend changing those relationships on our part."
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MOTLANA: (SEQ 6): "The election of Reagan in United States, Margaret Thatcher in Great Britain, the impression was given that the whole world was swinging to the right. South Africa tried to create impression. But the general election, and now the French election have proved, in fact, that there is no such swing. We are very excited, and very happy, with the election of (President Francois) Mitterrand. We think he will be much more sensitive to the need of the Third World, particularly to black Africa, and also be supportive in the struggle of Namibia against White South African rule."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The outlook for an internationally-recognized settlement for Namibia (South West Africa) was expected to be prominent in talks that South African Prime Minister P.W. Botha was to have in Washington on Thursday (14 May) with United States Secretary of State Alexander Haig. But Mr. Botha would not divulge at a news conference in Pretoria on Monday (11 May) what guarantees South Africa needed from the Western powers to reach a settlement. Mr. Botha said South Africa was working positively towards a solution to the Namibian issue. on the election of Francois Mitterrand to the presidency of France, Mr. Botha said he did not think South Africa would change its "generally good" relationships with France. A more outgoing greeting towards President Mitterrand came from black leader, Dr. Nthato Motlana, who is a member of the Azanian People's organization (Azapo), and chairman of the Committee of Ten in the black township of Soweto. He felt Monsieur Mitterrand would prove more sensitive to the needs of black Africa than his predecessor.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Minister Pik Botha was with the prime minister at the news conference. First, the head of state spoke about the significance of the recent South African election.
Three years ago, the South African authorities threatened Dr. Motlana with permanent detention if he did not stop making political statements. He spoke in Pretoria.