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Title:Towards a new dispensation in South Africa
Author:De Klerk, F.W.ISNI
Periodical:Southern Africa Record
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:national liberation movements
peace negotiations
heads of State
speeches (form)
About person:Frederik Willem De Klerk (1936-)ISNI
Abstract:In this address, delivered at the opening of the second session of South Africa's Ninth Parliament, Cape Town, 2 February 1990, President De Klerk begins by stipulating that the government accords the process of negotiation the highest priority. Before elaborating this point in more detail, he first deals with several matters more closely concerned with the normal process of government, such as foreign issues, human rights, the death penalty, socioeconomic aspects and the economy. Then he turns to the question of negotiation, emphasizing that only a negotiated understanding among the representative leaders of the entire population is able to ensure lasting peace. To abolish some of the most important obstacles in the way of negotiation, he announces the end of the prohibition of the ANC, the Pan Africanist Congress and the South African Communist Party, the termination of the state of emergency as soon as possible and the immediate release of Nelson Mandela.