At the United Nations, the Security Council decided on Friday (29 September) to set up a major UN operation to prepare South West Africa for independence.
At the United Nations, the Security Council decided on Friday (29 September) to set up a major UN operation to prepare South West Africa for independence. This decision ignores earlier objections from the administering authority, South Africa whose outgoing Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, last week announced his government would go ahead with unilateral arrangements for elections in Namibia. However, Mr. Vorster's successor, Mr. Pieter Botha, said on Thursday (28 September) the 'door was still open'. Last April, South Africa had accepted a plan that five western powers of the United Nations had drawn up, calling for elections supervised by the UN. The latest resolution requested the UN Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, to report back on 23 October, advising of progress in implementing it.
SYNOPSIS: The president of the Security Council, Mr. Ilya Hulinsky, of Czechoslovakia, puts the motion to council members. Sponsors were Canada, France, West Germany, Gabon, Mauritius, Nigeria, Britain and the United States - a rare occasion when western powers and African states jointly sponsored a resolution.
Major statements supporting the resolution came from the United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance; The British Foreign Minister, Dr. David Owen; and Canadian Foreign Minister Donald Jamieson. First, Mr. Vance.