I don't believe in separate development: De Klerk

2012-05-17 12:36
Johannesburg - Former president FW de Klerk has said his comments justifying ethnically homogenous states were misinterpreted, a week after his remarks sparked a public uproar.

De Klerk, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993, told CNN in an interview that apartheid was "morally reprehensible" but defended the notion of black independent states as not "repugnant".

"The remarks I made during my recent interview with Christiane Amanpour have been widely misunderstood and misinterpreted," De Klerk said in a statement issued by his foundation late on Wednesday.

"I have no residual belief in, or attachment to, separate development. Whatever the intentions may have been, I concluded many years ago that it had failed and that it had resulted in manifest injustice".

"During the 1980s I had come to accept that there was no possibility that separate development could lead to a just and acceptable solution to the problems of South Africa," he said.

The former homeland areas still lag behind in economic development compared to the rest of the country.

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