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Prime Ministerial Private Office files

South Africa: No.10 record of conversation (MT-National Party leader F.W. De Klerk: tête-à-tête) [MT "did not find his emphasis on group rights and the need to avoid tyranny by any one group of another was very helpful ... it would look as though white South Africans were expecting blacks to behave better to them than they had behaved towards the blacks"] [declassified Jul 2017]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: PREM19/2863 f14
Editorial comments:

De Klerk became leader of the National Party following P.W. Botha's stroke in Jan 1989, but did not become State President until the latter's forced resignation in August. The full file from which this item is taken can be seen here. Read other documents selected from this file.

Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 4pp
Themes: Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Foreign policy (Africa), Commonwealth (South Africa), Charles Powell minutes, British policy towards South Africa, MT's meetings as PM