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    South African Prime Minister John Vorster rejected a united Nations' Security Council ultimatum to state his Government's intention of withdrawing its "illegal administration" from South Africa (Namibia) by 30 May in a speech in the disputed territory's capital, Windhoek, on Tuesday (20 May).

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    South African Prime Minister John Vorster rejected a united Nations' Security Council ultimatum to state his Government's intention of withdrawing its "illegal administration" from South Africa (Namibia) by 30 May in a speech in the disputed territory's capital, Windhoek, on Tuesday (20 May).

    Mr. Vorster also rejected the Security Council resolution demanding U.N. supervision of South West Africa's future, but made a number of important concessions.

    Addressing a meeting of the Afrikaans Chambers of Commerce he said he was prepared to allow African Heads of Government and representatives of the Organisation of African Unity (QAU) and UN Secretary-General to visit South West Africa for talks with his Government. They would also be able to gain first-band information of the progression to independence.

    Mr. Vorster said plans were underway for a multi-racial constitutional conference to lay the groundwork for the country's future course. He said South Africa would not interfere in this process ..."and no one else will decide their future ... We do not claim an inch of the territory".

    South West Africa was a German colony and was invaded and occupied by South Africa in August, 1914 following the outbreak of World War One. After the War, the newly-created League of Nations vested the territory to South Africa under the mandate system.

    After the Second World War the League was superseded by the United Nations and the mandate system by the trusteeship system. From 1946, South West Africa became a point of dispute between South Africa and the world body. The mandate was eventually revoked and South Africa's occupation declared illegal. The latest Security Council move has been backed with a threat of unspecified "appropriate measures".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3F1Q98N3IZGYZV4QDUPK3EHA0
    Media URN:
    VLVA3F1Q98N3IZGYZV4QDUPK3EHA0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
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    N/A

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