Acting in his role as President or the United Nation's Security Council, Andrew Young has complimented the Security Council for its work in trying to bring about a peaceful solution to the difficult problem of Namibian independence.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated at Namibia conference
SV U.S. Ambassador to U.N., Andrew Young speaking
GV U.N. Assembly
CU SWAPO delegate Shafashike Kahanan speaking in English
GV U.N. Assembly
CU President, U. N. Council for Namibia, Paul John Lusaka of Zambia, speaking in English
YOUNG (SEQ 2): "The attainment of an internationally recognised independence in Namibia, is now more crucial than ever. It is crucial first because it would release Namibians from the oppression and violence which is continuing, if not escalating, in continuing, if not escalating, in their country, and would provide instead the opportunity for Namibians to freely and fairly determine their own future. Only through an internationally acceptable settlement can this be achieved. Any attempted settlement which lacks such acceptance would surely bring among other thins, an escalation in the conflict and an increase in the suffering."
KAHANAN (SEQ 4): "We are told that the Botha regime is ready to relinquish control of Namibia. SWAPO and the people of Namibia have yet to be convinced of that. If our people are still being tried under the so called terrorism acts, if they are still being jailed daily and humiliated and kept in concentration camps, we still have to be convinced that all the two years efforts for a peaceful solution to the Namibian problem will be a reality."
LUSAKA (SEQ 6): "Let it be clearly understood that there are two parties at war in this conflict, the Namibia people led by SWAPO on the one hand and South Africa on the other. Should South Africa stop waging war against the people of Namibia, and withdraw its illegal occupation of the territory, the necessity for armed struggle by SWAPO would disappear."
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Background: Acting in his role as President or the United Nation's Security Council, Andrew Young has complimented the Security Council for its work in trying to bring about a peaceful solution to the difficult problem of Namibian independence. For Young, who has been under constant criticism for his diplomatic blunders on the Middle East question, it was a welcome break in the so called 'action'.
SYNOPSIS: A spokesman for SWAPO said that despite the continued repression they were hopeful for a peaceful settlement.
The President of the Council for Namibia was the next to speak, and he outlined an easy solution to the continued fighting in Namibia.