March 14, 1995
Queen Elizabeth II returns to South Africa on Sunday for a six-day tour, her first visit to the onetime British colony since 1947. Relations between the historically linked nations deteriorated after the whites-only National Party government instituted apartheid in 1948. South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961. It rejoined last year, after the elections in which the African National Congress took power.
September 20, 1994
British Prime Minister John Major arrives today in South Africa, a former British colony, for talks on reviving a broad range of cultural, political and economic ties that became dormant during the dark years of apartheid. The highlight of the three-day visit will be Major's address to the newly elected all-race Parliament. He is the first British premier to visit the country since 1960, when Harold Macmillan formally rebuked the white supremacist government for its racist policies.
February 6, 1991 |
British Prime Minister John Major has called for the lifting of sports sanctions against South Africa in response to South African President Frederik de Klerk's program to abolish apartheid.
July 5, 1990 |
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela ended his historic monthlong tour of the United States and Europe on Wednesday night, declaring that his mission to persuade the West to maintain economic sanctions against the South African government has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."
July 4, 1990 |
Britain bluntly told South African black leader Nelson Mandela that it will not talk with Irish Republican Army guerrillas. Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd said that he and Mandela discussed Mandela's remarks Monday in Dublin that appeared to suggest that Britain should open negotiations with the IRA. Hurd said he expressed the "strong feelings of everyone here that the IRA are rejects of the political system." Mandela has said that his Dublin remarks were misinterpreted.
April 17, 1990 |
African National Congress leader Nelson R. Mandela on Monday declared to a potential worldwide television audience of 1 billion that apartheid in South Africa will be ended only by "struggle," including international sanctions. Speaking from the stage of a sellout concert before 72,000 people at London's Wembley Stadium to celebrate his freedom, he told television viewers in 60 countries: "Reject any suggestion that the campaign to isolate the apartheid system should be wound down."