The special United Nations representative for Namibia (South West Africa) Mr Martti Ahtisaari has arrived in Zambia as part of an African tour to talk with government leaders about Namibian independence.
SV UN representative Ahtisaari and UN party being greeted by Zambian officials
GV Party walk across tarmac at Lusaka airport
GV EXT Airport VIP lounge
SCU Ahtisaari being questioned by news-woman and answering in English
REPORTER: "Your excellency, South Africa is reported to be making diplomatic moves to have resolution 435 changed and this resolution is regarded by SWAPO, (The South West African People's Organisation) as crucial. Is this true and how far have they gone with these diplomatic moves?"
AHTISAARI: "I have no knowledge of any moves from South Africa to change the resolution 435. If there had been any moves it would not have been possible for me to go to South Africa and Namibia recently. As I said the only way we could start discussing with the Government of South Africa on the practical aspects of the implementation of that resolution was that they had to accept that resolution."
REPORTER: "Your excellency, I would like to know the latest position on the mass arrest of SWAPO leaders and members inside Namibia and what the United Nations is doing about these arrests in view of the fact that elections may be held and how will this effect free and fair elections?"
AHTISAARI: "As you remember the so called proposal for settlement called for release of all political prisoners and detainees. But this process will not start before the whole U.N. presence permanently starts during this transitional period. This is one of the tasks that the Administrator General has to carry out to my satisfaction."
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Background: The special United Nations representative for Namibia (South West Africa) Mr Martti Ahtisaari has arrived in Zambia as part of an African tour to talk with government leaders about Namibian independence.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Ahtisaari arrived in Lusaka on Friday (2 February) and was met by Government officials. He had travelled from Maputo in Mozambique. Elections were held for a Council Assembly in Namibia last December. They were supervised by South Africa and the United Nations rejected the results. Mr Ahtisaari was asked at an airport news conference about UN resolution 435 which calls for free UN elections in Namibia.