The United Nations special representative for Namibia (South West Africa), Martti Ahtisaari, arrived in Tanzania on Sunday (28 January) for talks with President Julius Nyerere.
The United Nations special representative for Namibia (South West Africa), Martti Ahtisaari, arrived in Tanzania on Sunday (28 January) for talks with President Julius Nyerere. The U.N. representative landed at Dar es Salaam airport on the first leg of a tour of African "front-line" states, during which he will discuss with African leaders efforts to bring independence to the area which, until recent elections, was administered by South Africa. The United Nations has refused to recognise the elections, and it is with a view to organising polls acceptable to the world body that Mr Ahtisaari is making his trip.
Mr Ahtisaari was accompanied on his tour by nine senior U.N. officials including a special military adviser, Major General Philip Hannes of Austria. The party was greeted at the airport by the Tanzanian Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Mohammed Foume. Mr Ahtisaari said his task was to hold discussions with countries neighbouring Namibia.
After talks with the Tanzanian president, Chairman of the "frontline group", Mr Ahtisaari was expected to leave for Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola and Nigeria to continue his discussions with African leaders. He was also expected to meet leader of SWAPO, the South West Africa Peoples' Organisation, during the fact finding tour.
On his return to the United Nations, Mr Ahtisaari said the Secretary General would be able to complete his report to the Security Council on co-operation with neighbouring countries.