Following his recent meeting with the five Western members of the United Nations Security Council in New York, South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, has been back to Namibia to report to the territory's Commissioner General, Mr.
GV: building in Windhoek
SV: Botha and others walking into building.
SCU: Botha speaking to newsmen in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: BOTHA: "I was not informed officially by the Five as to what SWAPO's latest demands are. Secondly, there is still an exchange of views taking place between my department and the five Western countries, regarding the latest proposals."
REPORTER: "Will you be going to New York again?"
BOTHA: "I do not foresee such a, I do not foresee such a visit at present, I think the present way of exchanging views is an effective one. The South African Government is committed to grant independence to this country by the end of this year. And the time element is becoming a problem, because you can imagine that registration of voters must first take place, that'll take some time. Election regulations will have to be drawn up, that'll take some time. Then the election campaign, the official one, must take place, that'll take time. Then the election itself must take place, to elect a constituent assembly, that means delegates elected by the people of this country in order to determine their constitution. Now they will need tome for their deliberations, I don't know how long that would take, but say for instance that takes three weeks to six weeks, or more, then after that, there must follow another election based on that constitution in order to elect government. And once there is that elected government, that government then would probably start negotiations with the South African Government as to the many subjects of the technical, financial, economic nature, before independence would be possible. So there is a lot of work ahead, and the time element is becoming a problem, there is no question about it."
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Background: Following his recent meeting with the five Western members of the United Nations Security Council in New York, South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, has been back to Namibia to report to the territory's Commissioner General, Mr. Justice Marthinus Steyn. The Commissioner General for his part has been canvassing opinion among the various political groups inside the territory to hear their feelings on how the move towards independence should be handled.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Botha flew to Windhoek from Cape Town to meet Mr. Justice Steyn for the report-back briefing on the New York developments. At a news conference after his meeting with the Commissioner-General Mr. Botha was asked if SWAPO, the South West African Peoples Organisation, had made any fresh demands in New York.