INTRODUCTION: The South African Foreign Minster, Mr.
SV PAN FROM Newsmen TO Pik Botha speaking at news conference.
CU Pik Botha speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) BOTHA: "We do not consider the Cuban presence as such a threat to South African security because we believe we can handle it. We believe we have the means to cope with them. But it is certainly a severe threat to South West Africa - Namibia. It is certainly a factor making it extremely difficult if not impossible to make progress with the negotiations to implement whatever solution there might be for Namibia. Their presence in general creates an atmosphere of stress and strain and threat. Their presence in general invites attacks by Mr. Savimbi. Their presence in the whole region in general creates an atmosphere of turbulence and conflict. Why should they be there? Why should they be there even if would allow units of civilian personnel to act as observers? Surely if South Africa then, a they claim, would wish to invade Angola it could be reported immediately. Why should they wish to be there, unless it is for two reasons: to subdue the people of Angola who have never had an opportunity to vote, never ever. There has been no one man vote there. No government in the West is asking for that fundamental right to be implemented in Angola. No, no, no. Mr. Waldheim simply says that America should have good relations with that kind of regime. No vote ever taken, no election, no prospect of an election ever taking place in Angola."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The South African Foreign Minster, Mr. Pik Botha, has said he does not believe that the Cuban forces in Angola are a threat to South Africa. Instead, he said they were a threat to Namibia and Angola.
SYNOPSIS: The statement came from Mr. Botha during a news conference he held for foreign journalists in Pretoria on the situation in Namibia.