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    United States and South African tactics have come under attack as the debate on Namibian continues in the United Nations General Assembly.

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    1. GV UN General Assembly in session 0.02
    2. SV Soviet deputy permanent representative, Vsevolod Oleandrov speaking (RUSSIAN SOT) 0.22
    3. SV Representative listening (2 shots) 0.28
    4. Chinese permanent representative Ling Qing speaking (CHINESE SOT); representatives listening (2 shots) 0.48
    5. SV Angolan permanent representative Elisio de Figueiredo speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 1.25
    6. GV Rows of representatives 1.28
    7. SV Zambia permanent representative N.J. Sikaulu speaking (ENGLISH SOT): Cuban and US representatives listening (4 shots) 2.07
    8. SV Libyan permanent representative Ali Treiki speaking (ARABIC SOT) PAN TO empty seat for South African representative (2 shots) 3.03
    DE FIGUEIREDO: "Mr President, we hear much talk of South Africa's legitimate security needs...we hear not one word about legitimate security needs of Angola and other sovereign African states whose security is under constant attack, or threat of attack, by South Africa. The racist regime, alone and in concert with, some of its Western allies, has often organised, financed and dispatched mercenaries to Angola and the Seychelles. As for guarantees, Mr. President, let us ask a few survivors of Chattila and Sabra what good these guarantees did them."
    SIKAULU: "The issue in Namibia is illegal South African occupation of the territory and the inalienable rights of the people of Namibia to self-determination and independence. Yet South Africa, and the United States of America, went on to hold the Namibian people hostage to their own ideological perception and preoccupations. Their insistence on linking Namibia's independence to the obviously-extremist issue of the presence of Cuban troops in Angola would , in effect, perpetuate the denial to the Namibian people of their freedom and their independence."

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    Background: UNITED NATIONS

    United States and South African tactics have come under attack as the debate on Namibian continues in the United Nations General Assembly. The Soviet permanent representative, Vsevolod Oleandrov, accused the United States on December 14 of aiming to block an independence settlement through linking that target with the removal of Cuban troops from Angola. Mr Oleandrov described Washington's requirement as "illegal". His country believed South Africa was relying on complicity from Washington and NATO to pursue her policies. China's permanent representative, Mr. Ling Qing, said Beijing considered the United States, acting for her vested interests, and always regarded South Africa as an ally. Mr Ling called the coupling of Cuban troops in Angola with Namibian independence had created a new obstacle to that independence being achieved. Angolan permanent representative, Mr Elisio de Figueiredo, felt the repeated talk on South Africa's security needs should switch to considering the security of other African states. Libyan permanent representative Mr. Ali Treiki said on December 15 the Western powers were supporting South Africa, which he believed wanted to prospect for oil in Namibia. Also on December 15, French delegate, M. Luc de la Barre de Nanteuil, expressed some confidence that Namibia could get her independence. Progress had been made in recent intensive efforts, that included talks with South African, towards an agreement on the size, composition and impartiality of a proposed UN force to keep order before and during Namibian pre-independence elections. M. Luc de la Barre de Nanteuil was speaking for the contact group of western nations, comprising the United States, Britain, West Germany, Canada and France.


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