The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and South African Prime Minister John?
SV: Vorster arriving.
SV: Security and policemen on guard outside hotel where men are staying. (7 shots)
SV: Kissinger walking down to meet Vorster.
CU: Vorster and Kissinger meeting. (2 shots)
GV: Demonstrators protesting at meeting. (2 shots)
SULLIVAN: "After Dr. Kissinger's recent public attack on South Africa's treatment of her balks, and Mr. Vorster's equally public assertion that it's none of anybody's business but South Africa's, it doesn't really seem likely on the face of it that the two men will reach any exciting new agreements here in Zurich. The rendezvous took place to the accompaniment of what is now the customary display of armed watchfulness on the part of the Swiss police. Dr. Kissinger, who's staying at a large and fashionable hotel on the wooded slopes above the city of Zurich, had no sooner arrived when he walked the half mile down the hill to visit Mr. Vorster at his hotel. But once those courtesies had been observed, the business is serious. For both men time is short. With the possibility of a new American President, Dr. Kissinger may not a be a Secretary of State much longer. And Mr. Vorster, battling at home with the increasingly violent results of his apartheid policies, has said that the talks could determine the whole future of southern Africa, although that term does not mean South Africa alone. And despite the traditional and courteous diplomatic neutrality of the Swiss government, several thousand left-wingers gathered in the city centre to declare that neither man was welcome here."
South African sources, quoted by Reuters news agency, say that Mr. Vorster might be prepared to make concessions on two key issues -- supervised elections in Namibia (South West Africa) including participation of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) -- the main nationalist grouping in Namibia -- and the acceptance of an eventual moderate black government for Rhodesia. But they said Mr. Vorster would oppose supervision of the elections by the United Nations, which South Africa now regards as an enemy.
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and South African Prime Minister John Vorster started talks in Switzerland on Saturday (4 September) in an American effort to halt the mounting bloodshed in southern Africa. It's the second time the two have met in the past ten weeks -- the first was in Germany in June. Michael Sullivan of the BBC reports on the Swiss meeting.