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    The future of Namibia (South West Africa) was the major topic for discussion at the United Nations on Wednesday, (21 March).

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    GV United Nations Special Committee

    SV delegate Alemayehu Seifu from Ethiopia speaking

    GV Special Committee

    SV delegate Paul Lusaka from Zambia speaking

    SEIFU: "Mr. Chairman, looking back to the past year, the inter-national anti-apartheid year, we see some advance in our two-prong offensive against excesses in Southern Africa. In this regard, we congratulate the new Iranian government on its bold and just decision to stop the sale of oil to Pretoria. We also appreciate the measures taken by certain countries, especially Sweden, to disengage themselves from further collaboration with South Africa. Moreover, despite all frantic attempts at consolidating the system of apartheid, the Pretoria regime has found no solid base and no long lasting foundation for its abhorrent and repugnant system. The philosophy of racial inequality under the transparent guise of separate development, has found no fertile ground in South Africa. The question is not whether, but when, the oppressed masses in South Africa will rise up to annihilate the inhumane system of apartheid."

    LUSAKA: "Mr. Chairman, the United Nations Council for Namibia was established by the United Nations in 1967, in order to administer the territory of Namibia, until independence. The South African regime, in its colonialist and racist defiance against the well-considered decisions of the United Nations, has refused to withdraw its illegal administration from the territory, and have extend to Namibia its despicable policies and practices of apartheid. The Namibian people, as a result of the illegal occupation and oppressive policies of the racist Pretoria regime, and its implacable hostility against their legitimate aspirations to achieve self-determination, freedom and national independence, in a united Namibia, had no choice but to initiate a struggle for national liberation under the leadership of the South West African People's Organisation, in short, SWAPO."

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    Background: The future of Namibia (South West Africa) was the major topic for discussion at the United Nations on Wednesday, (21 March). As representatives from U.S. Britain, France, West Germany and Canada concluded talks with U-N Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim and South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha, the parties appeared a little closer to agreement on U-N supervision of elections in Namibia. Wednesday was also U-N International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Special Committee against Apartheid observed the day with a debate on South Africa's apartheid policy was reference to the future of Namibia.

    SYNOPSIS: The Special Committee represents many African nations. Ethiopian delegate, Alemayehu Seifu, commended nations which have broken ties with South Africa.

    Another African delegate, Paul Lusaka of Zambia, said South Africa's oppressive policies gave Namibians no choice but to form SWAPO.

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