The United Nations Council for Namibia opened a special six-day meeting in the Zambian capital of Lusaka on Monday (20 March), in preparation for a special UN General Assembly meeting next month on the future of the former German colony.
GV PAN United Nations Council for Namibia in session
SV and CU Prime Minister of Zambia Mainza Chona speaking in English
GV Delegates listening (MUTE)
SV United Nations Under Secretary Teng of China speaking in English
GTV President of The South West Africa people's Organisation Sam Nujoma (MUTE)
SCU Nujoma speaking in English
Mr. Nujoma, referring to 11 months of inconclusive efforts by the United States, Britain, West Germany, France and Canada to secure a Namibian settlement said: "We believe that the five are not using to full extent the influence and leverage they clearly possess vis-a-vis South Africa ". And he added that the special session "must critically review the usefulness of the talks and take an appropriate decision. The talks cannot be allowed to go on indefinitely."
"A decade ago his excellency President Dr. Kaunda warned the Western world that if they did not act to end the rebellion in southern Rhodesia, and if they did not end South Africa's illegal occupation of Namibia, and if they did nothing about apartheid in South Africa, the whole region of southern Africa would be engulfed in a bloody conflict. He hoped, and prayed, that he would not be proved right. He hoped and prayed that he would be proved wrong. Zambia as well as supporting armed struggle is watching with interest the efforts of the western countries in accordance with the Lusaka manifesto on southern Africa. We also welcome any efforts to bring genuine changes by peaceful means if that is possible. Madame President, we would like also to stress, as we have done before, that nothing should be done by South Africa to undermine SWAPO. Nothing should be done by South Africa to undermine SWAPO. South Africa should give SWAPO the recognition and respect that organisation deservedly enjoys all over the world today".
TENG: "It is a matter of profound regret that repeated efforts by the various organs of the United Nations to obtain the withdrawal of South Africa from a territory which it is illegally occupying, have so far proved unsuccessful".
NUJOMA: "Faced with this impending defeat the racist minority regimes in Salisbury and Pretoria have become more and more desperate, as evidenced by their repeated and unprovoked attacks against (indistinct) military incursions into the independent countries of Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and the People's Republic of Angola. In Namibia, the confrontation between the liberation forces led by SWAPO, and the forces of South African military occupation, have reached the stage, has escalated into repression, and the (indistinct) Namibian patriots are making more and more sacrifices in order to ensure a total victory for our people".
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Background: The United Nations Council for Namibia opened a special six-day meeting in the Zambian capital of Lusaka on Monday (20 March), in preparation for a special UN General Assembly meeting next month on the future of the former German colony. Speakers at the opening session included the Zambian Prime Minister, Mainza Chona, United Nations Under Secretary Teng of China and Sam Nujoma, President of South West African Peoples' Organisation, - SWAPO - who criticised the West for not exerting enough pressure on South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: After the meeting had been officially opened by the Council's president, Zambia's Gwendolyn Konie, Prime Minister Chona, started the session by looking back.
United nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim was represented at the meeting by Under Secretary Teng of China.
Sam Nujoma opened his speech with strong criticism of South Africa and Rhodesia.