South Africa

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 12th February 1990.

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Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West 3:30 pm, 12th February 1990

My hon. Friend is right. Those who are opposed to dialogue in South Africa know very well the position of the British Government. That is why white extremists have been shooting at the British embassy in Pretoria. As my hon. Friend says, our approach remains careful and, I hope, subtle. We want to see de Klerk's position strengthened because, as Mr. Mandela has said in the most eloquent language, de Klerk stands honourably for dialogue.