F. W. De Klerk Quotes

Frederik Willem de Klerk (Afrikaans pronunciation: [?fr??d?r?k ?v?l?m d? ?kl?rk]; born 18 March 1936) is a South African politician who served as the country's State President from August 1989 to May 1994. He was the seventh and last head of state of South Africa under the apartheid era. De Klerk was also leader of the National Party (which later became the New National Party) from February 1989 to September 1997.

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F. W. De Klerk


The relationship between me and President Mandela right at the beginning was not a very well-established relationship. It was based on two meetings.

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Above all, we owe it to the children of the world to stop the conflicts and to create new horizons for them.

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I played an integral part in helpings formulating that new vision... that we must abandon apartheid and accept one united South Africa with equal rights for all, with all forms of discrimination to be scrapped from the statute book.

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It was fortunate in looking back for South Africa and its entire people that Mandela and I found it possible to work together even though big strains developed between us from time to time.

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I have made the most profound apology in front of the Truth Commission and on other occasions about the injustices which were wrought by apartheid.

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I believe that first impressions are very important.

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What I haven't apologised for is the original concept of seeking to bring justice to all South Africans through the concept of nation states.

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President Mandela was not a hands-on president at any time.

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In our quest for peace, we should constantly ask ourselves what we should do to create conditions in which peace can prosper.

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My predecessor, P. W. Botha, had an inner circle, and I did not like it. I preferred decisions to evolve out of cabinet discussions. That way, we achieved real co-ownership of our policies.

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When I talk about the end of apartheid, I prefer not to claim the honor that I have ended it.

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The ANC party from time to time comes with legislation which, if accepted and if not nullified by the constitution of court, would have the effect of undermining the constitution and eroding its values.

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The government that came into power after the April 1994 elections was going to need a budget. It was drafted by our finance minister, Derek Keys, and he convinced them of the necessity to stay within the free-market principles that had been in force in South Africa for decades.

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The question that we must ask is whether we are making progress toward the goal of universal peace. Or are we caught up on a treadmill of history, turning forever on the axle of mindless aggression and self-destruction?

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I felt a sense of fulfillment that an action plan, which I'd laid on the table on the 2nd of February 1990, had been fulfilled, had been properly implemented within the time frame which I envisaged.

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