South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha warned the United Nations on Monday (11 December) that the UN-sponsored elections planned for namibia next years could be in jeopardy.
South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha warned the United Nations on Monday (11 December) that the UN-sponsored elections planned for namibia next years could be in jeopardy. Speaking in Pretoria, Mr. Botha said that , if the UN General Assembly passed draft resolutions ready to go before it, there would be a "very serious situation" about carrying out more of the Security Council's Resolution 435. A section of this resolution, passed last September, set up the United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG) that would supervise elections in Namibia some time next year. The new resolutions Mr. Botha referred to savagely criticise South Africa for holding the recent unilateral elections in Namibia in the face of international rejection. Official counting of the vote is this election, to set up a legislative assembly, began on Tuesday (12 December), and observers predict it would lead to an assembly dominated by the pro-South African Democratic Turnhalle Alliance Party (DAT).
SYNOPSIS: After learning of the contents of the UN draft resolution, Mr. Botha Held a press conference in Pretoria, He began by comparing the Namibian elections with those currently being held in neighbouring Zambia - a one-party state.