The nationalist guerrilla organisation fighting in South West Africa (Namibia) has rejected South Africa's plan to go ahead with elections in the territory.
The nationalist guerrilla organisation fighting in South West Africa (Namibia) has rejected South Africa's plan to go ahead with elections in the territory. The South African Prime Minister John Vorster announced on Wednesday (September 20) that elections for a constituent assembly in the territory would be held in November, paving the way to independence. The move was seen as a rejection of a United Nations plan drawn up by the Five Western members of the Security Council, after negotiations with South Africa - which rules the territory - and with the South West Africa Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO). After the announcement, a SWAPO official said the election decision left the guerrillas very little option but to step up the war.
The United Nations Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim, and Western countries, immediately moved to put pressure on South Africa to reconsider its rejection of the United Nations plan, which envisages a transitional peace force being dispatched to Namibia to ensure peace and supervise one-man, one-vote elections. In New York on Wednesday (20 September), Dr. Waldheim described to Visnews reporter Brian Saxton his reaction to the South African move.