Demands for South African troops to leave Namibia have been renewed. They were made in?
CU Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations Elisio de Figueiredo, speaking in English in the General Assembly
MR. FIGUEIREDO: "The South African military base at Grootfontein in the north of Namibia is a source of horror to the security of the whole of Southern Africa. Moreover, the Pretoria regime keeps over 40,000 South African troops in Namibia--almost one to every two whites. South African troops and tanks, guns and mortar, daily threaten our cities and population in the southern parts of Angola. The atrocities perpetrated by the racist regime forced large numbers of Namibians to flee their homeland. They seek refuge and a haven in Angola. We are happy that in these difficult times, Angola can be of some service to them. However, the situation would not arise if these people felt safe in their homes and properties. The status of refugee is, at best, degrading and only the most extreme circumstances force one into fleeing. Let me state here and now that in this debate on the question of Namibia, we do not hold any mandate for the people of Namibia. Only SWAPO, the only recognised authentic and legitimate representative of the people of Namibia, has authority to speak on behalf of the Namibian people, to negotiate, to debate, to answer and to accept. We - in our position as friends, neighbours, fellow revolutionaries; in the common struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo- colonialism, racism and apartheid; as the people whose memory is still full of our liberation struggle; as a nation whose life is not yet entirely free of the dangers posed by external invasion and internal subversion plotted and planned by reactionary force, aligned with imperialist powers in their actions -- for all these reasons and many others that have to do with our historical and fraternal ties, we stand ready to defend the people of Namibia, to support them, to fight side by side with them, and to rejoice with them in the attainment of their independence."
Mr. Nujoma and seven other SWAPO representatives are also holding talks in New York with the five western members of the Security Council who have been seeking South Africa's agreement to an internationally acceptable solution in Namibia. South Africa has agreed to plans to make South West Africa independent by the end of next year, but refuses to remove its troops, or to accept United Nations control of its troops.
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Background: Demands for South African troops to leave Namibia have been renewed. They were made in the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (18 October) by the head of the South West Africa people's Organisation, Sam Nujoma. SWAPO wants the troops withdrawn before UN-supervised elections leading to independence are held in Namibia. Mr. Nujoma said recent political and military actions by South Africa proved it was still bent on entrenching its colonial domination. His claims were endorsed the same day by Anhola's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Elisio de Figueireds: