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    The five Western nations in the Security Council have urged member countries of the United Nations to rally behind their proposals for a settlement of the Namibia dispute.

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    LV AND CU: delegates seated before debate (2 shots)

    CU: woman delegate from Zambia speaking in English.

    SV: delegates seated

    CU: delegate for Nigeria speaking in English.

    CU: delegates from Sierra Leone seated

    CU: delegate from Ethiopia speaking in English.

    SV: Kenya delegates listening.

    CU: SWAPO delegate, Mr Sam Nujoma, speaking in English.

    ZAMBIAN DELEGATE: "The people of Namibia, under the leadership of SWAPO, the full and authentic liberation movement, demand with a single voice the immediate withdrawal of the illegal occupation regime of South Africa. They have proven by their personal sacrifices, their conviction, and their determination to carry out the liberation struggle, until independence. This special session of the General Assembly has thus an immense responsibility to fulfil. It must determine, in the most effective manner, conditions and steps for the immediate independence of Namibia, realisation of its solemn commitment to the people of Namibia."

    GARBA:"In the view of my delegation, Mr President, we are faced with three options. The continuing crisis can be resolved by peaceful negotiating. The second alternative is armed rebellion and struggle. Which has currently been vigorously pursued by SWAPO. SWAPO deserves enormous credit for its commitment consistently in leaving the options open for peaceful solutions to the conflict caused by South Africa's policy of repression and brutality against its supporters. There is still a third option: that of mounting international pressure to compel South Africa to withdraw from the territory. In the view of my delegation, some countries must realise that, if the initiative of the first option is to have any reasonable chance of success, it must be closely linked with the third option, that of political and economic pressure on the regime."

    ETHIOPIAN DELEGATE:"The ultimate goal of the so-called Western plan is to restore recognition of South Africa, (indistinct), and wrest more concessions from SWAPO, contrary to the United Nations decisions, and the legitimate aspirations of the Namibian people. We reject the Western plan, not simply because of the identity of its authorship, but rather because, far from bringing peace, it is a scheme engineered to undermine and destroy the victories and achievements that have been made over the long years of bitter struggle against the colonial oppression and exploitation."

    NUJOMA:"We are confident that this august assembly will adopt, at the end of its deliberations, progressive political declarations and practical programmes of action in order to assist the struggle of the people of Namibia, under the leadership of SWAPO, to accelerate the process of liberation."

    The Western proposal involves the phased withdrawal of South Africa's 20,000 troops from Namibia. But the South African Prime Minister, Mr John Vorster, announcing acceptance of the plan in the South African parliament, appeared to analysts to imply that the final say on troop withdrawal could rest with the newly-elected Namibian assembly. The Western plan does not require South Africa to hand over the strategic part of Walvis Bay which, in the view of the Western Nations, can be discussed later. The British foreign secretary, Doctor David Owen, said in London that he thought SWAPO would accept the plan.

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    Background: The five Western nations in the Security Council have urged member countries of the United Nations to rally behind their proposals for a settlement of the Namibia dispute.

    The Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Mr Donald Jamieson, said differences had been narrowed to the stage where a reasonable middle group had clearly emerged He was speaking on behalf of Canada, the United States, Britain, France and West Germany.

    South Africa has announced that it supports the Western nations! independence plan, but the South West African People's Organisation -- SWAPO -- has said it will respond in due course. The plan involves independence for Namibia on December the 31st from South Africa, which has ruled there for nearly 60 years.

    SYNOPSIS: Delegates from dozens of countries have spoken in the United Nations debate on Namibia, among them Zambia.

    Another speaker was Nigeria's External Affairs Commissioner, Brigadier Joseph Garba.

    The Ethiopian delegation also joined in the criticism of South Africa.

    In his speech, the president of SWAPO, Mr Sam Nujoma, deliberately left the door open for a negotiated settlement.

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