President F.W. de Klerk and black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela have agreed on a second round of apartheid talks between the government and the African National Congress Aug. 6, the president's office said.
De Klerk and Mandela, the ANC deputy president, met Friday and discussed "progress made since the first government-ANC meeting" May 2-4 on obstacles to negotiations over a post-apartheid constitution, a statement from the office said.The next round of talks will "further examine the obstacles on Aug. 6," the statement said, without giving other details, compositions of the delegations or a site.
Mandela said Wednesday on his return from a 45-day, 14-nation tour that he "urgently" wanted to meet de Klerk to discuss talks.
The two sides agreed at their first meeting, in Cape Town, to set up joint working groups on two of the ANC's major preconditions to negotiations: the release of some 1,500 political prisoners and the return of about 20,000 exiles.
The ANC is demanding that the government scrap South Africa's security laws restricting civil liberties, withdraw troops from warring black townships and end a 4-year-old state of emergency in Natal province.