The United Nations Security Council met Tuesday (28 November) to discuss a report on a mission by Alfred Escher, aimed at finding ways of helping the people of Namibia (Southwest Africa) achieve self-determination.
The United Nations Security Council met Tuesday (28 November) to discuss a report on a mission by Alfred Escher, aimed at finding ways of helping the people of Namibia (Southwest Africa) achieve self-determination. The study was made at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who read it to the council.
Namibia is the mineral-rich former German colony which South Africa ruled under a League of Nations mandate. The U.N. declared the menace terminated in 1966 - but South Africa has refused to except this.
The report on Namibia took seven-weeks to compile and included testimony of South African leaders as well as citizens of Namibia. Mr. Waldheim, in his comments, said the report left unresolved the position of South Africa regarding its policy toward self-determination by Namibia. He urged the Security Council to approve further talks with South Africa, to obtain "without delay" self-determination and independence for Namibia.
Ahmed Taiba Benhima, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Morocco and Acting President of the Council of Minister of the Organisation of Af??? Unity, then addressed the Council about Mr. Escher's report. He said the poor result of the mission preparing the report lay at the feet of South Africa, and he charged that Prime Minister Vorster had used Mr. Escher for a statement of unilateral intention which was not the purpose of the mission.
A transcript of Mr. Waldheim's remarks follows: