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    The President of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), has rejected a U.N. proposal?

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    SV INTERIOR Mr. Sam Nujoma, President of the South West Africa People's Organisation holding news conference and answering reporter's questions

    REPORTER: "Are you totally rejecting the proposed make-up of the United Nations peace-keeping team made up of places like the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, or are any saying that you want a better balance, those plus some African countries?"

    NUJOMA: "We don't want any NATO countries. For the simple reason that these NATO countries have investment in Namibia. They will send their troops to Namibia to protect their economic investment. And also these are the countries that are supplying arms and ammunition to the racist minority regime in Southern Africa. It was only, it was only yesterday or the day before yesterday that Mirage jet fighters, and British Buccaneers were used by the Rhodesian fascists to bomb Zambia, to bomb Angola and Mozambique. So why, this....these very countries cannot be, cannot turn their troops against the Namibian people? So we have to be vigilant. So what we meet here in Namibia is an African problem. And it must be handled by Africans. We want the most African troops and the troops from the non-aligned countries. Alternatively there are troops from the Nordic countries like Sweden, for example. We've accepted them. All these countries have been supporting our struggle for freedom and independence. We are not rejecting these countries on a racial basis, but simply on their behaviour. They have been supporting our enemy."

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    Background: The President of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), has rejected a U.N. proposal for troops from N.A.T.O. countries to be among a force to supervise the Territory's transition to independence. Mr. Sam Nujoma was addressing a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation of African Unity in Nairobi. Afterwards he held a news conference where he answered questions from reporters.

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