February 12, 1990 |
President Bush telephoned Nelson R. Mandela from the White House on Sunday, told him all Americans "were rejoicing at his release" after 27 years in South Africa's prisons and personally invited him to the White House. "He told me that he wanted to consult some of his colleagues, but that he expected he would be able to accept my invitation," the President told reporters in the Rose Garden late Sunday afternoon. "It was a very friendly conversation," Bush said.
March 27, 1994 |
South African President Frederik W. de Klerk said after a meeting with Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi on Saturday that he is more optimistic that free and fair elections can be held in the volatile Natal province next month. The two men met as further killings scarred South Africa's Zulu heartland, torn by fighting between Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party and its main black rival, the African National Congress.
July 28, 1990 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk asked black leader Nelson Mandela to drop Communist leader Joe Slovo from his team for talks with Pretoria after the state accused Communists in the African National Congress of plotting violence, the ANC said Friday. The ANC also said De Klerk and Mandela, the ANC's deputy president, will meet again Aug. 1 after indecisive talks Thursday on the mass arrests of Communists in the ANC.
September 10, 1992 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk called Wednesday for urgent talks with Nelson Mandela to halt spiraling violence, warning that reform efforts cannot continue until the bloodshed ends. But De Klerk also lashed out at Mandela's African National Congress, contending that Communists in its leadership are trying to ruin the reform process with violent protests.
May 12, 1990 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk of South Africa, expressing optimism that his country's isolation will soon end, arrived Friday in Greece on a European trip aimed at winning support for his reforms. De Klerk held separate talks with President Constantine Caramanlis and Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis.
February 13, 1990 |
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday compared South African President Frederik W. de Klerk to Abraham Lincoln on the 181st anniversary of the birth of the Great Emancipator. The U.S. civil rights leader praised De Klerk for freeing Nelson R. Mandela from prison and legalizing the African National Congress. "This was a courageous step for President De Klerk," Jackson told reporters at the Cape Town Press Club.
March 3, 1990 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk, facing mounting criticism over killings of political opponents, has put covert operations of the South African military under civilian control and pledged that they will be kept to "an absolute minimum." Announcing the move Thursday night, De Klerk said the action was necessary in the interests of justice and because charges of official involvement in killings of anti-apartheid activists were threatening his political reform plans.
June 10, 1990 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk freed 48 political prisoners Saturday in his latest effort aimed at improving the climate for black-white political negotiations. In an announcement Thursday, De Klerk had promised the releases and lifted the four-year-old national state of emergency in three of South Africa's four provinces.
April 10, 1991 |
The government published a draft law Tuesday to end race classification, the basis of South Africa's 43-year-old apartheid system dividing ruling whites from the voteless black majority. The six-line proposal, certain to be accepted by Parliament, which is dominated by the National Party, implements the last of several sweeping reforms announced Feb. 1 by President Frederik W. de Klerk.