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    The President of the South West Africa Peoples Organisation (SWAPO), Mr. Sam Nujoma has been?

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    SV Mr. Sam Nujoma, President of SWAPO talking to reporter at United Nations (2 shots)

    SV Reporter asking question and Nujoma replying (4 shots)

    REPORTER: "Mr. Nujoma, what is the significance of this day of solidarity?"

    NUJOMA: "Twenty-seven October 1966 is the very day that the General Assembly of the United Nations terminated the South Africa's mandate to run Namibia and declared to Namibia a direct responsibility of the United Nations. That's followed up by the following year, 1970...er....67 when in the General Assembly, by resolution 2248 created to the U.N. Council for Namibia and trusted to ...it with the responsibility of governing in Namibia until it attains its independence. To us in Namibia this is a great moral, political and diplomatic support from the international community."

    REPORTER: "But are you still satisfied with what the international community and the United Nations have done for the independence of Namibia?"

    NUJOMA: "Well, certainly we believe that er... the practical material assistance and political and diplomatic support we are receiving from the international community is very important in our struggles...for example, the U.N. Council for Namibia does now issue travel documents to the Namibian people as well as ... that's identify them that definitely they are Namibians and they are not South Africans."

    REPORTER: "Do you see any relationship between latest events in the Republic of south Africa and your cause for independence in Namibia?"

    NUJOMA: "Yes, the people of Namibia and that of South Africa are fighting against a common enemy. Therefore the regime of South Africa is the very regime that denying the people of Namibia basic fundamental human rights. And the majority of Africans in South Africa. So we fight ... we are fighting in Namibia to liberate our country and also to support our brothers and sisters in South Africa who are fighting to er ... restore their rights in the country of their birth."

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    Background: The President of the South West Africa Peoples Organisation (SWAPO), Mr. Sam Nujoma has been rallying support for a Namibian 'Day of solidarity' on Thursday (27 October). He explained his reasons to newsmen at United Nations headquarters, as the Assembly went into its second week of debate on South West Africa, or Namibia.

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