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.
SV INTERIOR South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha speaking at news conference.
SV Botha speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: BOTHA: "One wonders what the world will say about the two elections if they compare. One wonders for how much longer the lie becomes the acceptable norm for judging the affairs of South Africa in the United Nations. there are draft resolutions ready to be adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on South West Africa which, to say the last, contain shocking language. And, if passed, and particularly with Western approval, Then that will create a very serious situation as regards the further implementation of Security Council resolution 435."
Counting in the Namibian unilateral election was expected to be finished by Monday (18 December). The London Daily Telegraph reported on Monday (11 December) that a row was looming over the election between Pretoria and the DTA, which the Telegraph described as its political front in Namibia. The South African Administrator-General for Namibia, Mr. Justice Marthinus Steyn, has stressed that the fifty-member Constituents Assembly must meet before Christmas so that Pretoria can honour its pledge to tell the Western Big Five nations by 31 December of its verdict on allowing the UN-supervised elections next year. But DTA leader Durk Mudge wants a delay in setting up the assembly because he says his party is tired after campaigning.
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Background: 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.