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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ARIKPO (SEQ 2): "South Africa has had all the time she needs for constructive developments. That time is running out. The leaders of Africa have offered South Africa an olive branch. That offer is not indefinite. The choice whether there is peace or war in Africa is one that South Africa must make now. She cannot continue to dangle her carrots of friendship and good neighbourliness before African leaders indefinitely."
BLYDEN (SEQ 4): "In this connection my delegation wishes to go on record as being in full support of the stand for free and unfettered election in Namibia under the United Nations auspices and supervision with due recognition of SWAPO as the sole legitimate and popular national voice of the Namibian people. South Africa will do well to heed the lesson of history, Mr. President, by which she has been surrounded for the past two decades without appearing to have even fully been aware of it within her own backyard. It is the view of my delegation that SWAPO shall be seen as the logical body now available, now ready, now willing, now able to provide the first alternative government to the present illegal regime imposed on the Namibian nation without its consent during the past 55 years. It will be my delegation's hope that this vision of the future which we conjure will not stand in the way of all men of goodwill everywhere to believe in the right of all people to choose and arrange their own way of life."
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Background: 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.