Former South African President Urges Acceptance

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
de Klerk spoke to reporters in Maryville Wednesday evening before delivering a talk at Northwest Missouri State University. Within months of becoming South Africa's president in 1989, de Klerk ordered the release of political prisoner Nelson Mandela. The two negotiated the end of the apartheid system and shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. In the United States, de Klerk says the concept of a cultural melting pot is fading because of the rise in Hispanic immigration. He says a healthy society can accept differences in its members without giving up national character.

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