The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), accused by the South African government of opting for war in Namibia, recently opened a new office in the East German capital of East berlin.
The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), accused by the South African government of opting for war in Namibia, recently opened a new office in the East German capital of East berlin. The leader of the SWAPO guerrilla group, Mr. Sam Nujoma, attended the inauguration and commented on moves to find a constitutional settlement in Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: With Mr. Nujoma was the President of the East German Solidarity with Namibia Committee, Herr Kurt Seibt. SWAPO has been recognised by the United Nations as the official representative of the Namibian people, and the guerrillas group has continued its fight for complete independence form South Africa.
Mr. Nujoma's speech centred upon the Namibia peace plan proposed by the United States, France, Britain, West Germany and Canada. He accused the five powers of trying to protect their economic interests in southern Africa. SWAPO has since totally rejected the proposals worked out between South Africa and the five powers. These called for two polls in Namibia, one in December organised by South Africa, and another next year, run by the United Nations. The South African government has said SWAPO's rejection amounts to opting for war in Namibia.