The president of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) on July 6 promised a future independent Namibia would respect the rights of the white settlers.
1. GV AND SV INTERIOR Nujoma seated with Perez de Cuellar PAN TO Statue (2 shots) 0.19
2. CU Nujoma speaking to reporter 2.21
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQ 2:
REPORTER: "You mentioned that SWAPO is prepared to make concessions. What further concessions are you prepared to make?"
NUJOMA: "One, I have already made, the major one that we agreed that the future, independent Namibia will give protection to the minority white settlers (indistinct). We feel that those whites will be part and parcel of the Namibian population and therefore they ought to be protected by the laws of land. We are not going to have a racial discrimination against the whites as the racist South African illegal administration now discriminates against the African majority."
REPORTER: "You also mentioned that the Contact Group, the Western Contact Group, has given assurances that South Africa is ready to negotiate seriously. You have had assurances before and been disappointed. Have you had any indication now that more progress is likely?"
NUJOMA: "Well we--I can say that SWAPO has never been disappointed. As a liberation movement SWAPO has its own programme of liberating Namibia. Therefore we are not disappointed in the struggle. We are waging a just struggle. In an absence of a genuine negotiated settlement the people of Namibia under the leadership of SWAPO would be left with no other alternative but to intensify the armed liberation struggle as the only effective form of struggle until Namibia attains its independence, or the racist regime of South Africa is brought to its senses and accept genuine and serious negotiations. We believe therefore that perhaps the western powers who are closer to South Africa and who are the chief trading partners with the Pretoria racist regime when they say that South Africa is really serious to talk we have no reason to believe that they are not serious.
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Background: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
The president of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) on July 6 promised a future independent Namibia would respect the rights of the white settlers. He said they would be respected as part of the Namibian population. But, he also pledged to continue the armed struggle for Namibian independence unless South Africa agreed to serious negotiations. He was speaking in Geneva after talks with United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar. SWAPO is having talks with the five-nation Western Contact Group which is trying to promote a negotiated settlement in Namibia.
Source: UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION