TransAfrica News Report

(Special Edition)
by TransAfrica
with Salih Abdul-Rahim (Editor)
Washington, DC, United States
August 1981
8 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: NEW U.S. POLICY ON SOUTH AFRICA: STATE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS UNCOVER DEVELOPING ALLIANCE. The newsletter contains verbatim texts of State Department memoranda that describe recent exchanges and preparation for exchanges between U.S. and South African officials, with an introduction by Randall Robinson. The Carter Administration, with Great Britain, France, West Germany and Canada, crafted an independence implementation plan for Namibia that won approval from all the parties concerned except South Africa. It was hoped that the Reagan Administration would move early to apply its full resources not only to achieve South African assent to this plan but also to provoke movement toward full democracy within South Africa. The documents revealed herein, public actions of the administration, Robinson’s talks with African foreign ministers and the presidents of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) and the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa have led him to conclude that the current administration has moved in an opposite direction. The evidence suggests that the interests of black South Africans (they are scarcely mentioned) have been subordinated to the objective of restoring South Africa to international respectability and a role in the Western alliance. The evidence further suggests that, on the question of Namibia, the administration is more interested in giving South Africa time to install the government of its choice than pressing hard for United Nations-supervised elections now. The newsletter mentions Secretary of State Alexander Haig, South African Foreign Minister Roelof Botha (Pik Botha), Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester Crocker, SWAPO President Sam Nujoma, South African Defense Minister Magnus Malan, the Frontline States, South African-U.S. nuclear relations, the Koeberg reactors, IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), the Nonproliferation Treaty, SAFARI, and the MPLA.
Used by permission of TransAfrica.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root