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    South African Prime Minister John Vorster has threatened to stop talks with the United Nations over Namibia (South West Africa) if the U.

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    CU INTERIOR: South African Prime Minister John Vorster addressing public meeting in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (in English)

    CU INTERIOR: South West African administrator-general Marthinus Steyn with reporter

    SV: Steyn talking to reporter. (in English)

    VORSTER: "If this report is correct -- I repeat, if this report is correct -- and should the Security Council decide to condemn South Africa for claiming jurisdiction over its own territory, or if it should in any way dispute South Africa's ownership of the territory, then I see no merit at all in any further discussions with the five countries concerned."

    STEYN: "I stated at my...I suppose what one might call my inaugural speech at the opening of the Vintage Show at the first of September.....that I contemplate contacting leaders of all political parties. I hope that SWAPO will participate in the election. My intention is, and that is also the agreement between the South African Government and the five Western powers, that free elections must be held -- under such circumstances and conditions that it's clear that the untrammelled will of the electorate will thereby be expressed, and therefore I hope all political parties in the territory will participate, because it is only thereby that one will be able to ascertain the following; the strength of any particular party."

    The five members of the United Nations, liaison committee with South Africa over Namibia are the United States, France, Canada, Britain and West Germany.

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    Background: South African Prime Minister John Vorster has threatened to stop talks with the United Nations over Namibia (South West Africa) if the U.N. insists on absorbing the port of Walvis Bay into the territory as an independent nation. South Africa has agreed to allow free elections in the territory, but claims that Walvis Bay, the only deep-water port in Namibia, was always an integral part of South Africa itself. A recent statement from the United Nations, said the Security Council would block any moves by Mr. Vorster's government to retain control over Walvis Bay. A five-nation committee is heading negotiations between the world body and South Africa over the territory's future. At a public meeting in the South African judicial capital of Bloemfontein on Thursday (8 September), Mr. Vorster reacted angrily.

    The newly-appointed Administrator-General of South West Africa, Justice Marthinus Steyn, revealed in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on Thursday (8 September) that he wants guerrilla groups to take part in any elections.

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