South Africa's Foreign Minister, Dr Hilgard Muller, has been in London for talks with British leaders -- including Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Foreign Secretary James Callaghan -- on the Rhodesian constitutional dispute and other African problems.
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WARD: "DR Muller, why are you in London, and who have you had talks with?"
MULLER: " I came to London for routine discussions with South African ambassadors in certain countries in Western Europe, and I took this opportunity to have discussions with Mr Callaghan, the British Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
WARD: Did you discuss Rhodesia during your talks with....?"
MULLER: " Rhodesia was one of the subjects that we discussed."
WARD: "What solution do you see to the Rhodesia problem?"
MULLER: "We would like to see a solution arrived at by Mr Smith and his Government on the one hand and the leaders of the African groups on the other hand. We would like them to arrive at a system..... a solution, which would be satisfactory from their points of view and that the interests of all the sections of the population in Rhodesia should be safeguarded. But we believe it's not for third parties to prescribe to the Rhodesians how to solve their internal problems.
WARD: "What pressure would you bring to bear on Rhodesia? For example, would South Africa apply sanctions in the interests of seeing a settlement there?"
MULLER: "It should be clear by now, from statements by my Prime Minister and my self and other members of our Government, and also by our actions, that we do not categorize our neighbours -- that we do not bring pressure to bear on Rhodesia. We would like them to settle their own affairs.
WARD: "How do you see South Africa's future role, in relation to black Africa?"
MULLER: "As white Africans, we are grateful, to Africa, for all the good that we got from Africa. It's our only home. But we also are willing and anxious to share our experience....to share the development which we have, to share the prosperity which we enjoy in South Africa....to share that with our neighbours in southern Africa and further north. In other words, we are anxious to plough back in Africa what we derived from Africa.
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Background: South Africa's Foreign Minister, Dr Hilgard Muller, has been in London for talks with British leaders -- including Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Foreign Secretary James Callaghan -- on the Rhodesian constitutional dispute and other African problems.
Dr Muller, arrived in London last Friday (17 January), and South Africa's Prime Minister John Vorster discussed the Rhodesia question with Mr Callaghan earlier this month when the British Foreign Secretary visited their country on his seven-nation African fact-finding mission. It is believed that their talks in London were a continuation of those discussions about the role South Africa is prepared to play in resolving the Rhodesia dispute.
In an interview on Tuesday (21 January) with Visnews African Editor William Ward, Dr Muller spoke of his hopes for a constitutional agreement between Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith and black African leaders. But he stressed that South Africa does not believe that third parties should "prescribed to the Rhodesians how to solve their internal problems." a transcript of the interview follows: