Members of the United Nations Security Council held a debate on Thursday (29 January) over South Africa's involvement in the mineral rich African State of Namibia.
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MOYNIHAN: "Over the past year there have been indications from the South African Government that it is finally recognising its international obligations (indistinct) of the process of self determination of that territory. Statements by the South African Government suggest that South Africa may finally be beginning to heed the international outcry against its continuing illegal occupation of Namibia. The distinguished United Nations Commissioner for Namibia, who is present in this Council Chamber, has told us that he too senses that the differences over Namibia have narrowed......are narrowing.....and can continue to narrow."
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Background: Members of the United Nations Security Council held a debate on Thursday (29 January) over South Africa's involvement in the mineral rich African State of Namibia.
Namibia is a former German colony which South Africa administers under a former League of Nations mandate which the United Nations General Assembly voted to terminate in 1966. However the South African Government regards the United Nations 'termination as illegal, and refuses to withdraw its troops and administration from the territory.
The draft resolution, sponsored by seven members of the Council condemns South African administration of the State of Namibia, including its use of the "territory of Namibia as a base for attacks on neighbouring countries" - and allusion to the involvement of South Africa in the Angolan civil war.
The Soviet Union delegate, Mr. Yakov Aleksanorovich Malik, told the Council that the members there must take action against South Africa and what he termed "the colonialist-racist conspiracy that South Africa is now the centre of."
However the United States delegate on the Council, Mr. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, said that South Africa might be softening its attitude towards Namibia.
Mr. Moynihan said that recent statements by the South African Government had suggested that South Africa might "finally be heeding the international outcry against its continuing illegal occupation of Namibia."
The United States delegate also denied allegations that his Government was in the process of establishing military bases in Africa near Namibia.