The United Nations Secretary-general, Dr Kurt Waldheim, returning from the week-long special meeting of the Security Council in Ethiopia, told newsmen in Rome on Saturday (February 5) that he was ready to go to South Africa.
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SOF STARTS: " As you..."
ENDS: "...great progress".
Dr Waldheim talking to newsmen at U.N. headquarters in Rome on Security Council decision authorising him to contact South African government on South West African problem.
SEQ. 2: WALDHEIM: "As you know, we are just coming back form the first meeting of the Security Council in Africa. We returned this afternoon only and I think in summing up the situation I can say without exaggeration that it was worse to go there. Of course it was evident right from the beginning that we could not solve in on week all those African problems the United nations are confronted with since decades, and since mankind is confronted since centuries ant it is clear for us that this meeting in Africa could only help us to come closer to a solution of the problems. And I think we have made headway specially in one question -- namely in the question of Namibia where for the first time a resolution was adopted which authorised the Secretary-General to take direct contacts with the parties concerned including of course the government of South Africa. And this with the full consent of the African states. I think this is certainly a great step forward. I wouldn't dare to tell you what the result of there contacts will be but the fact alone that such a resolution was adopted by the Security council is in my opinion a great progress."
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Background: The United Nations Secretary-general, Dr Kurt Waldheim, returning from the week-long special meeting of the Security Council in Ethiopia, told newsmen in Rome on Saturday (February 5) that he was ready to go to South Africa. He paid tribute to the Council for authorising him to contract the South African Government every the South West African problem, and said this was a great step forward. He had learned, the said, that the South African Government was ready to receive him.