• Short Summary

    Several members of the United Nations have demanded that South Africa announce by July next year a date for UN-supervised elections in Namibia (South-West Africa), during the UN debate on Wednesday (4 June).

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    Several members of the United Nations have demanded that South Africa announce by July next year a date for UN-supervised elections in Namibia (South-West Africa), during the UN debate on Wednesday (4 June).

    The former German colony is ruled by South Africa under a mandate from the now-defunct League of Nations. The UN has repeatedly demanded South Africa's withdrawal from the mineral-rich territory which has the same Apartheid policy as South Africa.

    The strongest support for the elections demands comes from African members but the United States, Britain and France have been reported as backing the resolution.

    During the debate on the future of Namibia, five non-aligned members of the Security Council called for the imposition of mandatory economic sanctions, an arms embargo and the rupture of diplomatic and consular relations with South Africa.

    France and the United States have spoken out in opposition to sanctions, implying the threat of a veto.

    Diplomatic sources said the African members did not want a confrontation with the West. The Council is now likely to work on proposals acceptable to both the non-aligned countries and the West.

    Nigerian Foreign Minister Okoi Arikpo said Western Powers were protecting South Africa and manipulating the Security Council.

    He called for independence in Namibia and said South Africa had the choice of peace or war in Africa.

    Sierra Leone's representative, Dr. Edward Blyden, reinforced the call for independence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9DKW8VJTGNW91FX29SNH3IU3O
    Media URN:
    VLVA9DKW8VJTGNW91FX29SNH3IU3O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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