Thailand's Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, speaking on May 21, urged members of the United Nations Council for Namibia (South West Africa) to speed up the independence process of the disputed African territory.
1. GV/SV Thailand's Prime Minister General Prem Tinsulanonda arriving and taking seat at conference table. (2 SHOTS) 0.25
2. SVs Delegates. (5 SHOTS) 0.56
3. SCU/SVs Prem speaking as delegates from Australia, China, Cameroon, Senegal and Soviet Union listen. (SOT) (7 SHOTS) 1.56
TRANSCRIPT: PREM: (SEQ 3) "The problem of Namibia has been brought to the attention of the United Nations' General Assembly since 1946. It has since remained one of the unresolved problems of the whole organisation. We all know that the measures tabled for the realisation of Namibian independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity is to continue the illegal occupation of that country by South Africa. The Namibia people must have their rights, especially their right to self-determination."
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Background: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Thailand's Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, speaking on May 21, urged members of the United Nations Council for Namibia (South West Africa) to speed up the independence process of the disputed African territory. General Prem was opening a four-day meeting of the 31-nation Council in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The UN body was created in 1967 as the legal authority to administer Namibia and to prepare the territory and its people for independence. South Africa continues to rule Namibia in defiance of the UN, insisting that a withdrawal must be linked to the departure of an estimated 25,000 Cuban troops from neighbouring Angola. The aim of the Bangkok meeting is to prepare recommendations for the UN Security Council and the General Assembly on achieving independence for the vast strategic territory on South West Africa's Atlantic seaboard.
Source: REUTERS - GARY BURNS