King Ties Sanctions to Hike in Aid to South Africa’s Neighbors
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Coretta Scott King said today the possibility of resolving the racial strife in white-ruled South Africa exists, but giving blacks representation in the government would not solve the problems.
The widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. recently returned from a 10-day trip to Southern Africa.
″I think there’s a possibility but it means that good faith on the part of many people will have to be exhibited,″ Mrs. King said in an interview on ABC-TV’s ″Good Morning America.″
″I do feel that there’s a large community of people within South Africa who are working peacefully and who are meeting together and dialoguing because, if the situation changed tomorrow where blacks were appropriately represented in the government, you would still have problems,″ she said. ″It’s important that they begin to understand the whole process of non- violent resolution of conflicts.″
During her trip, Mrs. King met with Winnie Mandela, whose husband Nelson Mandela has become a symbol of blacks’ struggle against apartheid, South Africa’s official system of racial separation. Nelson Mandela is the jailed leader of the African National Congress,
″We were just talking as woman to woman, and as persons who have been involved in a struggle in which our husbands were the symbols, the major symbols.″ Mrs. King said in another interview on the ″CBS Morning News.″ ″We shared so much in common. I think we spent a lot of time just feeling thankful and grateful that we’d been there and brought together an understanding that our struggles were tied together, and that the struggles were not over and that we would be supportive of each other.″
Mrs. King canceled a planned meeting with South African President P.W. Botha.
Mrs. King said Wednesday that any sanctions against South Africa must be accompanied by increased aid to the white-ruled country’s black neighbors. She made her position known at a meeting with Vice President George Bush.
President Reagan dropped in, said Mrs. King’s spokesman, Ofield Dukes.
Reagan has been weighing whether to veto a package of sanctions passed by Congress.
Mrs. King said that for more than 30 years, she has ″supported the use of sanctions against South Africa as an effective, non-violent tool.″
In her recent trip, however, Mrs. King said she became ″keenly aware of the possible negative impact″ of sanctions on black-ruled countries which have economic ties to South Africa.