At the United Nations, an urgently convened session of the Security Council began on Monday (4 December) to discuss the situation in Namibia.
MV Zambian Ambassador to U.N. Gwendoline Konie speaking to Security Council
SV U.K. Ambassador to U.N. Ivor Richards making notes during speech
MV Gwendoline Konie speaking
GV Security Council in session
MV Deputy U.S. Ambassador to UNITED Nations Donald McHenry speaking to Security Council
KONIE: "In its frenzied anger, South Africa begins today its so called elections in an atmosphere of terror and conducting mass arrests of all Namibian patriots who see through this sordid manoeuvring. South African objectives in Namibia have always been either annexation of Namibia or the completer control of the government, people and resources of the territory through some kind of puppet regime."
MCHENRY: "The second observation I wish to make is that we are deeply concerned by the action of the police authorities during the course of this weekend in detaining without explanation prominent members of SWAPO who make their homes in and around Windhoek. These actions have deprived a number of leading members of particular sector of the spectrum of political opinion within Namibia of their basic human liberties of speech, movement, press and assembly. We know a number of the men and women who have been detained, and hope that they will learn of our deep concern at their detention. Third, the (Five) must express that they deplore the resort to intimidation, force and violence in Namibia. Not having available to us the facts necessary to base an opinion as to responsibility, we strongly regret the acts of violence which took place in Namibia this weekend."
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Background: At the United Nations, an urgently convened session of the Security Council began on Monday (4 December) to discuss the situation in Namibia. The debate opened as the South African sponsored elections started in the territory. The Security Council, which has its own plans to supervise Namibian elections next year, has already declared the poll being taken now, as null and void. The African members of the Council opened the debate with a call for economic sanctions against South Africa. Madame Gwendoline Konie of Zambia, the President of the U.N. s' Namibia Council also represents SWAPO, whose supporters are boycotting the elections. She accused the South Africans of suppressing any real opposition before the voting began.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Donald McHenry representing United States' also criticised South Africa.