March 20, 1993 |
Secretary of State Warren Christopher met South African Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha and offered U.S. help in negotiations on a transition to democracy and majority rule due to resume next month. Botha, a former South African ambassador to the United Nations and the world's longest-serving foreign minister, noted that he had met several of Christopher's predecessors in the past 15 years.
January 9, 1989 |
Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha of South Africa rose to give a speech today at an international conference on chemical weapons and most delegates walked out in protest of his country's apartheid policies. Botha then proposed an African conference on poverty. "Chemical weapons are one way to die. Thirst and hunger is another," he told the delegates who remained in the nearly empty hall. They included the U.S. contingent.
November 26, 1986 |
The government today reversed an expulsion order against Red Cross officials here and said they could continue operating in South African territory. A statement by Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha said the decision was made after the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Pretoria he disagreed with the suspension of South Africa from a Red Cross conference last month.
August 14, 1992 |
Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha said South Africa's white government accepted a U.N. report recommending ways to halt political violence and urging a resumption of talks on non-racial rule. The report was prepared by the U.N. special envoy and veteran U.S. diplomat, Cyrus R. Vance, after a visit to South Africa in late July and approved by U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali Aug. 6.
November 8, 1992 |
The government of Angola declared South African Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha persona non grata for allegedly giving support to the UNITA rebel group as tension continued to be high across the country. The government said Botha could visit Angola only if invited because Pretoria had supplied logistic aid to the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) in a recent flare-up of the conflict with government forces.
May 24, 1990 |
South African President Frederik W. de Klerk escaped injury in an auto accident near his Zurich hotel, but Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha had to put on a neck brace. Botha, accompanying De Klerk on a European tour, said they were dozing in their armored limousine toward the end of a two-hour trip Tuesday night from Bern when their driver braked hard to avoid crashing into a car of security men traveling in front.