[Dear SAWG Colleague: Please join us in signing-on to the attached letter expressing dismay over recently reported diplomatic meetings between Hungary and South Africa.]

by Aubrey McCutcheon, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
January 12, 1990
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Hungary
Language: English
Mailing to members of the SAWG (Southern Africa Working Group) asking people to sign a letter to His Excellency Peter Varkonyi, Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. The mailing cover letter says if you are willing to sign on for your organization, please call either Jackie Asheeke or Kristie Dunston of WOA by January 19, 1990. The draft letter to Ambassador Varkonyi says on behalf of the undersigned church, trade union, human rights and antiapartheid organizations, we write to express our alarm and dismay about recently reported meetings and the possibility of further diplomatic and trade relations between Hungary and the apartheid government of South Africa. The draft letter to Ambassador Varkonyi says the people of Hungary, and indeed throughout Eastern Europe, have struggled valiantly for a more democratic system of government; from the historic struggles of Hungarian partisans against Nazi occupation during World War II to the present outcries for economic and political reforms, the world has learned of the deep commitment to freedom held by the peoples of Eastern Europe; it would be inconsistent for Hungary to champion democracy and economic development with justice in your own country, while lending any support to the repressive government of South Africa. The draft letter to Ambassador Varkonyi says we urge you to reject diplomatic and economic ties with South Africa; continued meetings and communications with high-ranking officials of the apartheid government only encourages them in their repression of democratic change; it lends that loathsome regime a legitimacy that the world can never again tolerate; the South African government and economy is suffering under the weight of economic and political isolation; that is why newly elected South African President F.W. De Klerk is urgently striving to change the outward image of his government by greatly publicizing the few positive changes that have occurred; however, until the entire system of apartheid is dismantled and a democratic system of government emerges in South Africa, international isolation of apartheid should be continued.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers