Progress Has Been Made

South Africa's Foreign Minister foresees a settlement

For the first time since negotiations on independence for Namibia broke down at Geneva in January 1981, the South African government has agreed to preliminary Western proposals that would eventually allow majority black rule in the territory. Still, for South Africa, the stakes are high. South African Foreign Minister Roelof ("Pik") Botha was interviewed by TIME Chief of Correspondents Richard L. Duncan, Johannesburg Bureau Chief Marsh Clark and Reporter Peter Hawthorne in Cape Town about the prospects of a lasting settlement. Excerpts from their conversation:

Q. From your perspective, has significant progress been made toward Namibian...

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