At the United Nations on Thursday (16 February) talks aimed at settling the Namibia independence dispute continued with the leader of the guerrilla group SWAPO, Mr.
CU Sam Nujoma answering questions
NUJOMA: "We strongly propose that there must be s South African senior civil servant (indistinct) Foreign commissioner General or whatever his position is. But he should work under the directives of the U.N. special representative."
REPORTER: "Mr. President, do you feel that South Africa will now go ahead with its own internal solution and if you do, is it possible for you to say anything about what actually would you hope the international community might take in face of that development."
NUJOMA: "Well in the first place as far as SWAPO is concerned if the racist regime of South Africa attempt to go ahead with its vicious plan of dividing our country on Bantustans, certainly I can assure you ladies and gentlemen the armed preparations of SWAPO will be carried out with intents, and the people of Namibia are determined to frustrate this diabolical plan of the racist regime of South Africa to create another Transkei in the (indistinct) in Namibia."
A special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Namibia is expected to begin late in April. The country has population of about 850,000 people. Foreign Ministers from five Western countries -- the United States, France, Canada, West Germany and Great Britain are involved in the attempt to devise an independence formula.
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Background: At the United Nations on Thursday (16 February) talks aimed at settling the Namibia independence dispute continued with the leader of the guerrilla group SWAPO, Mr. Sam Nujoma confirming they were no longer asking for South African troops to withdraw before elections take place. This is seen by observers as a sign of progress though the problem of how many troops there should be still remains unsolved. Both sides, SWAPO and the sough Africans also disagree as to who should control the deep water port of Walvis Bay. Before going on to meet Mr. Kurt Waldheim the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Nujomo spoke to reporters about the talks, He referred at first to another area of disagreement, the proposed relationship between the South African Administrator General and a special U.N. representative.