Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the South African Commando Attack in Lesotho

December 9, 1982

We deplore this attack into a neighboring country, particularly the loss of life. This underlines the urgency of resolving the problem. The U.S. strongly believes there are peaceful means to resolving the problems of southern Africa, and those are far preferable to escalation of violence. We have made this position clear to South Africa, and it is at the core of the negotiations which we're pursuing.

Note: Deputy Press Secretary Larry M. Speakes read the statement at his daily press briefing in the Briefing Room at the White House.