SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN EXTERIOR Delegation from South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) including President Sam Nujoma, arriving at London Hotel.
SCU Nujoma speaking at news conference in London as newsmen take notes. (4 SHOTS)
SCU Nujoma listening to question from reporter and answering in English.
NUJOMA:"We feel that the major Western powers, and in particular permanent members of the Security Council, namely France, Britain, and the USA, do not do enough...they don't exert pressure on the Pretoria racist regime, since they have leverage and are in a position to pressurise South Africa to accept a negotiated settlement in Namibia. Instead, because of the high economic interests, they supply arms to the racist regime of South Africa. And, I have further explained that Britain must support within the United Nations framework and in particular Chapter Seven of the Charter of the United Nations, particularly articles 39, 41 and 42, because we feel this is the only effective way which will lead to complete isolation of South Africa, economic sanctions, disruption of communications and prevention of South African aircraft who land in the ...at the airports, and vessels to land at the harbours of members states of the United Nations."
REPORTER:"Recently, your Vice President and six of the leading members from the Caprivi Strip were dismissed - kicked out of the party. Does this mean that you have lost the support of the Caprivi SWAPO fighters? What is the position of the party now?"
NUJOMA:"Well, first of all I would like to make it categorically clear, SWAPO is a liberation movement, must maintain a discipline -- absolute discipline -- if it were to fight and win the war. And SWAPO reserves the right to discipline its members and kick out those who are working contrary to the Constitution of SWAPO."
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Background: Mr. Sam Nujoma -- President of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) -- has accused South Africa of greatly increasing its military activity in Namibia (South West Africa). Mr. Nujoma says the number of South African troops in Namibia far exceeds the United Nations estimate of seventy thousand. SWAPO, which is fighting against South African rule in Namibia, has said a unilateral declaration of independence could be made in the territory early next year.
SYNOPSIS: A SWAPO delegation was in London on Friday (26 September). At a news conference, Mr. Nujoma accused Western powers of supplying arms to the South African government -- instead of working towards the isolation of what he called "the racist regime".