A special United Nations representative has arrived in South Africa to start planning for the transition of Namibia to U.
CU United Nations representatives for Namibia, Mr Martti Ahtisaari, speaking in English at news conference in Johannesburg
SV woman journalist listening
CU Ahtisaari continues speaking as newsmen look on (THREE SHOTS)
AHTISAARI: "I am not here really to renegotiate. After the letter from the South African government, I am here now to discuss the practical arrangement concerning the placement of UNTAG. I think you have to look at the size of the military component in the light of the Secretary General's report, and his explanatory statement, because both of these were approved in the resolution I was referring to. The figure of seven thousand five hundred men, and it includes two thousand three hundred for logistics, I think it is important to always see that the, how this seven thousand five hundred figures comes from. First of all, the infantry part of that is five thousand; two thousand three hundred are for logistics, and two hundred there for monitoring purpose. And Secretary General (indistinct) would be authorised up to a limit of the military component. And it is obvious that its actual size at any given time will depend on the development of the general situation, which I shall keep under constant review, undertaking such consultations as may be necessary, when the emplacement of UNTAG should start.
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Background: A special United Nations representative has arrived in South Africa to start planning for the transition of Namibia to U.N. control. Mr Martti Ahtisaari will head the U.N. Transitional Assistance Group -- UNTAG -- which is intended to oversee elections planned for September. The United Nations has refused to recognise elections held by South Africa to achieve Namibian independence. On his arrive in Johannesburg, Mr Ahtisaari described his role.