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South Africa

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the recent conversations between Her Majesty's Government and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of South Africa.

Our discussions with the South African Foreign Minister concerned the situation in Southern Africa, and our bilateral relations. We informed him of developments at Lancaster House. There was a useful exchange of views on Namibia, during which we urged the South African Government to accept the concept of a demilitarised zone on Namibia's northern border, which they have now done.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is his estimate of the strength of South African forces operating on British territory in South Africa.

We have no figures for the South African forces at present in Rhodesia but have made it clear to all the Governments concerned that there is no question of any external involvement in Rhodesia under the British Governor.