At the United nations General Assembly on Thursday (25 September) Kenya's Foreign Minister, Munyua Waiyaki, called on South Africa to talk with its own black liberation movements before organising talks with black governments in the north.
SV Kenyan Foreign Minister Munyua Waiyaki speaking
MV Delegates seated CU Foreign Minister speaking
TRANSCRIPT: "In recent months, the developments in Namibia have burst on the outside world as a harsh reminder of the nature of the South African colonial rule. For, in Namibia, the African people have resolutely rejected to continue to live under terror and have taken up arms under the leadership of SWAPO to defend their dignity. South Africa and the apologists of apartheid know that in spite of the overwhelming might of the South African armed police state, bitter fighting has been going on in Namibia against South African colonialism. The struggle continues. The unfortunate faithful allies of South Africa know that South Africa has no right to be in Namibia and that despite the United nations declared position in various resolutions, South Africa continues to disregard the United Nations and yet nothing that can really hurt their position has been done. This Thirtieth session of the United nations should further examine the World Body's position of Namibia.
Every peaceful method to win the rights of the overwhelming majority of black Africans in South Africa has been frustrated by the white minority racist regime. This situation is bound to explode one day, unleashing a racial conflagration without parallel in history. Such an undesirable development will be the making of a supremacist regime in Pretoria. This will be the choice dictated to the Africans by the unreasonableness and brutality of the whites in South Africa. It is clear from history that no force of arms or support from external forces over cowered down the will of the people to be free."
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Background: At the United nations General Assembly on Thursday (25 September) Kenya's Foreign Minister, Munyua Waiyaki, called on South Africa to talk with its own black liberation movements before organising talks with black governments in the north.
He said talks with the northern governments would harm the struggle of the African people for self-determination and would stamp the seal of recognition and respectability on South Africa's racist regime. Kenya would not co-operate with South Africa's plans unless it first engaged in meaningful dialogue with the African National Congress, he said.
He said that as things stand Africans had no alternative but to continue their armed struggle for freedom. He recommended that the United Nations should be more actively involved in ensuring that effective transfer of power should be made to Africans.
He also pledged his country's material and financial assistance to the fight against colonialism and 'racist subjugation' anywhere in Africa.
On South Africa's involvement in Namibia in recent months Mr. Waiyaki said the situation was a harsh reminder of the nature of South Africa's colonial rule. South Africa continued to disregard the U.N. over the issue but nothing had been done to hurt its position in Namibia, (South West Africa)
This film includes part of Mr. Waiyaki's speech. A transcript follows: