The Special Representative from the United Nations is making final plans to visit Namibia (South West Africa) following the invitation from the South African Government on Monday (31 July).
The Special Representative from the United Nations is making final plans to visit Namibia (South West Africa) following the invitation from the South African Government on Monday (31 July). Mr. Martti Ahtisaari of Finland will be accompanied by between 40 and 50 experts on his tour of Namibia, which has been administered by South Africa for more than sixty years. His task will be to see how the latest Western-backed United Nations' plan for Namibia's independence can best be put into effect. The leader of the main Namibian nationalist group, SWAPO, Mr. Sam Nujoma, said on Monday (31 July) that prospects for free democratic elections in the territory were increasingly doubtful. South Africa's Ambassador to the United Nations, Adriaan Ecksteen, handed the formal invitation for the visit to the U.N. Secretary General, Mr. Waldheim, It was contained in a letter from South Africa's Foreign Minister and stressed that the South African Government would have to decide whether the Representative's report was acceptable to them. One of the major points of difference between the South African's and the United Nations is the latest resolution on Walvis Bay, a South African enclave inside Namibia, which the U.N. says should become part of Namibia. As Ambassador Ecksteen explained to newsmen, the South African position was reinforced in the letter of invitation.