The Foreign Ministers of five Western nations met in London on Sunday (23 April) to formulate a joint answer to South Africa's request for clarification of Western proposals on the future of Namibia.
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The five western countries -- which are members of the United Nations Security Council -- have called, in their joint proposals, for free elections under UN supervision and independence for Namibia on December 31 of this year. South Africa has its own plans for Namibian independence and is at present administrating Namibia in defiance of UN resolutions. The five western nations recently put their proposals to South Africa and the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) which is waging a guerrilla war in the territory.
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Background: The Foreign Ministers of five Western nations met in London on Sunday (23 April) to formulate a joint answer to South Africa's request for clarification of Western proposals on the future of Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: An answer to South Africa's request is expected to be sent to Pretoria soon, following the meeting at London's Carlton House. At the working dinner were Mr. Donald Jamieson of Canada, Mr. Louis de Guiringaud of France, the United Kingdom's Dr. David Owen, Mr. Cyrus Vance of the United States and West Germany's Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
The foreign secretaries also discussed tactics for a crucial United Nations special Assembly session on Namibia, due to start on Monday (24 April) in New York.
The main point at issue is Namibian security which has blocked South African acceptance of plans for elections. South Africa wants to know if, under Western proposals, troops could remain in the area at the request of an elected government.
Although no official statement was made after the meeting, West German diplomatic sources said the ministers will defend their basic proposals for the transition of Namibia to independence in their reply to Pretoria. Canada's Foreign Minister Mr. Donald Jamieson is to address the United Nations' meeting which was due to start on Monday afternoon.