African nations called upon the United Nations Security Council to end talks between the United Nations General Secretary, Dr.
African nations called upon the United Nations Security Council to end talks between the United Nations General Secretary, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, and the South African government over Namibia (South West Africa) on Monday (December 10).
The call was made at the first meeting of the Council on Namibia for nearly a year and Peru formally proposed that the contacts between Dr. Waldheim and South Africa should be discontinued. Dr. Waldheim was also asked to keep the Council informed about any new developments on the question.
The Peruvian resolution was introduced in the country's capacity as a member of the "Group of Three" -- a consultative panel of Peru, the Sudan and Yugoslavia appointed to liaise with Dr. Waldheim over his handling of the question of question of Namibia.
The territory, which is rich in minerals, was formerly a German colony. It was administered by South Africa under a mandate form the League of Nations which the U.N. General Assembly voted to terminate in 1966.
But South Africa refused to hand over the territory to U.N. control or accept the legality of the Assembly's action. In an effort to break the deadlock, the Security Council voted in February last year to authorise Dr. Waldheim to open contacts with South Africa aimed at obtaining self-determination and independence for Namibia.
Dr. Waldheim's report on his efforts said South Africa's position on some of the basic issues fell short of the Security Council's demands and recalled that the Organisation of African Unity and non-Aligned States Summit Meetings had called for the ending of the talks.
Ambassador Paul Lusaka of Zambia, President of the U.N. Council for Namibia (set up in 1967 with the aim of administering the territory pending independence) said its members were extremely dissatisfied with the conduct of the talks and called upon the Security Council if necessary to use sanctions "to compel Vorster and his band of imperialist-colonialist plunderers to withdraw form Namibia."
Guinea's Ambassador at the United Nations, Mrs. Jeanne Martin Cisse, said her delegation's apprehensions bout continuing the contacts with South Africa had been confirmed. She pointed out that the O.A.U. supported the armed struggle of S.W.A.P.A. (South West Africa Peoples' Organisation) for independence and said countries having relations with South Africa should extend to that country the embargoes in affect for Southern Rhodesia.
The Soviet Ambassador, Mr. Yakov Malik, accused multinational corporations of exploiting salve labour in South Africa.
The text of an extract of the English language speech by Mr. Lusaka included in this film is given below.