In Lusaka, the special United Nations conference on Namibian independence continued on Wednesday and Thursday (22 and 23 March) with speeches by various delegates.
SCU: President of the U.N. Council for Namibia, Gwendoline Konie, speaking.
SV's: Delegates seated. (2 SHOTS)
SCU: Salim Salim, Chairman U.N. Committee on Decolonisation, speaking.
KONTE:"The United Nations Council for Namibia commends the valiant people of Namibia under the leadership of SWAPO for having intensified the armed struggle for the liberation of their country from illegal occupation by South Africa. The Council for Namibia expresses its full support for the armed liberation struggle of the Namibian people under the leadership of its sole and authentic representative, SWAPO. It expresses its conviction that the intensified armed liberation struggle by the Namibian people continues to be a decisive factor in the efforts to achieve self-determination, freedom and national independence in a united Namibia."
SALIM:"In the first place, the Lusaka Declaration exposes the manoeuvres of the racist minority regime of South Africa, in its attempts to continue its consolidation of its occupation of the territory of Namibia. At the same time, it comes out very clearly in support of SWAPO, the authentic and legitimate representative of the Namibian people, and finally the Declaration lays what I believe the necessary ground to facilitate the work of a special session of the General Assembly on the question of Namibia."
Mr. Salim said the current Council meeting was extremely timely at a crucial stage of development in Southern Africa. He told the meeting he felt sure the Lusaka Declaration would have a far-reaching impact, not only on the future of Namibia, but also on the course of events in Rhodesia and South Africa.
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Background: In Lusaka, the special United Nations conference on Namibian independence continued on Wednesday and Thursday (22 and 23 March) with speeches by various delegates. The U.N. Council for Namibia is concerned that the five Western nations on the Security Council are not getting anywhere with their Namibia independence talks with South Africa, and the emphasis during the first few days of the current conference was on speeding up the move towards self-rule. The Council President, Miss Gwendoline Konie of Zambia stressed the need to end South Africa's control of the territory.
SYNOPSIS: The Chairman of the United Nations Committee on Decolonisation, Salim Salim, praised the Council's recommendations, contained in the Lusaka Declaration.