The United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance says the Five western nations, the U.S.,?
SV INTERIOR: U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Kurt Waldheim, U.N. Secretary-General, walk into room.
SV: Vance and Waldheim sitting, talking.
LV AND SV: Vance talking to reporter
SV: Vance leaves building with reporters following
REPORTER: "Mr Secretary, what did you discuss with the Secretary-General?"
VANCE: "We discussed many subjects. I w as very happy to have a chance to hear about the Secretary-General's trip to Asia and elsewhere.
We also discussed the upcoming Vienna summit, we'll be having very shortly now. We discussed the Middle East, southern Africa and the problem of refugees...many, many different subjects.
REPORTER:Can I assume that President Carter's position on Rhodesia is a position on Rhodesia is a pointer to the Namibia question?"
REPORTER:"A pointer, to the settlement of the Namibia question?"
VANCE: We're going to continue to pursue our efforts in respect of Namibia. The Five will continue their efforts working under the U.N. to see what we can do to bring that to a solution."
Mr Waldheim has welcomed President Carter's decision to continue an economic embargo against Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Mr Vance says he's spoken to the British Government about the decision. There has been speculation that the British Government may recognise the Zimbabwe Rhodesia Government of Bishop Abel Muzorewa. But unless the Security Council agrees to end sanctions..any country permitting trade with Zimbabwe Rhodesia would be in violation of the U.N. charter.
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance says the Five western nations, the U.S., Britain, France, Canada and West Germany will pursue their efforts to find a settlement to the Namibia (South West Africa) problem. The Five have been trying for years to negotiate with South Africa an internationally recognised agreement on Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Vance made his pledge on Namibia after meeting U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim at the United Nations in New York on Thursday (7 June). Mr Vance made a special visit to the city to talk with Mr Waldheim about his recent world tour.
The United Nations Security Council will resume debate on Namibia on June eighteenth.