SOUTH AFRICA-UN: Diplomatic Initiatives
//South Attica's proposal to withdraw its troops from Angola Is an effort to calm the coming debate on Angola in the UN and lo reopen bilateral negotiations with the Angolan Government/Ml
essage to the UN Secretary General on Thursday. Foreign Minister Botha proposed to withdraw South African troops from southern Angola onanuary In exchange for assurances that Cuban. Angolan, and SWAPO troops would not exploit the withdrawal. South Africaday "disengagement of forces" that could be extended. Botha stated that Pretoria was ready to proceed with lha Namlblan IrKtependenceolution could be found to the Issue of Cuban troops In Angolajjjg
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(/Pretoria's move reflects earlier South African concern that Its permanent mMttary presence In southern Angola may leadrisis In South Africa's dealings wtth the US. In addition to calming the Security Council debate, Pretoria hopes to shift the focus Its military presence In Angola to the Cuban withdrawal issue.//Original document.