• Short Summary

    South Africa has invited a United Nations representative to visit Namibia (South West Africa) to prepare a report on how the Western-backed United nations' proposals for independence for the territory would be implemented.

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    CU South African Prime Minister Mr. John Vorster speaking in English.
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: VORSTER: "We entered into an agreement with the five nations. Now, according to this resolution the Secretary-General's representative must come out to South West Africa. He must then submit a report to the Secretary-General in details as to how he is going to implement that resolution, and because we were bitten once, we are now shy and we want to make absolutely sure this report is in letter and spirit according to the agreement we entered into with the five. The fact is these two gentlemen must work in close co-operation and it must be understood very clearly that the special representative of the Secretary-General is not a dictator in South West Africa and he doesn't come to South West Africa as a dictator. He comes there to work in close conjunction with the administrator general who is not only in charge of the election, but who, in accordance with the understanding and the agreement, is also running the territory until such time as it becomes independent."



    SAUNDERS: "This report, which Mr. Martti Ahtisaari is drawing up on implementation. What happens if we don't agree with it."



    VORSTER: "Well, then you cannot proceed with the plan because if it is not in accordance with the agreement that we accepted on the 25th of April, then we are not prepared to implement it."




    Initials JS/1900


    REPORTER: CLIFF SAUNDERS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: South Africa has invited a United Nations representative to visit Namibia (South West Africa) to prepare a report on how the Western-backed United nations' proposals for independence for the territory would be implemented. The decision was made at a special session of the South African cabinet last week, following a controversial adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a resolution which would include the disputed port territory of Walvis Bay in independent Namibia. The cabinet held off announcing whether it accepted or rejected the independance package. In a message sent to the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, the cabinet said it had "misgivings" about the plan and would judge, from the report prepared by the UN representative- already named as Mr. Marti Ahtisaari of Finland - whether the present proposals were in line with terms accepted by South Africa in April. Later, Prime Minister John Vorster talked to Cliff Saunders of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA62ATGES0N6LQUTULV2JJ54ZFI
    Media URN:
    VLVA62ATGES0N6LQUTULV2JJ54ZFI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/08/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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