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    At the United Nations, the General Assembly discussed the possibility of imposing economic sanctions on South Africa in a debate on Thursday (7 December).

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    SV SWAPO representative Theo-Ben Gurirab addressing United Nations General Assembly in English

    SV delegates seated and listening

    SV Sudanese Ambassador Ali-Ahmed Sahoul speaking in English

    THEO-BEN GURIRAB: "SWAPO delegates strongly believe that the Security Council and South Africa have now reached a dead end. They are headed for a collision course. We do not believe that those racists should be allowed to hold the entire international community, for example, the Security Council, to ransom by creating ever-escalating fait accomplis, at each stage calculated to evade the demands of the Security Council and the General Assembly for the speedy decolonisation of Namibia."

    ALI-AHMED SAHOUL: "The net result of all these manoeuvres is that South Africa is preparing the ground for the setting up of puppet regime in Namibia, thus frustrating the plans of the international community to create a genuinely independent state in the territory. This may perhaps be followed some time in the future by a similar regime in Zimbabwe, throwing in effect a cordon sanitary around South Africa to protect the hold of the apartheid in the territory of South Africa against any incursions by African liberation movements attempting to overthrow such regime. This line of thinking, Mr. President, may not cause any astonishment in African public opinion, but the important issue to resolve at this juncture is how this line of thinking by the South African authorities figures with the five Western countries in their dealings with the problem of apartheid, and racialism in the southern point of Africa."

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    Background: At the United Nations, the General Assembly discussed the possibility of imposing economic sanctions on South Africa in a debate on Thursday (7 December). South Africa was criticised by a number of U.N. representatives for its decision to go-ahead with elections in Namibia -- a territory which the South African Government administers under a former League of Nations mandate. The Security Council -- which has its own plan to supervise Namibian elections next year -- has already declared the recent polling as null and void. One of the speakers in Thursday's debate was Theo-Ben Gurirab, the representative of the South West Africa Peoples Organisation (SWAPO), which contested the Namibian elections.

    SYNOPSIS: Another speaker condemning South Africa was the Sudanese Ambassador, Ali-Ahmed Sahoul.

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