The United Nations mission in Namibia (South West Africa) on Tuesday ( 8 August) started a series of talks with political parties.
The United Nations mission in Namibia (South West Africa) on Tuesday ( 8 August) started a series of talks with political parties. The leader of the mission, a former Finnish diplomat Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, is preparing a report on independence proposals for Namibia drawn up by five western nations. Mr. Ahtisaari met first with members of the internal wing of the nationalist South West Africa people's Organisation -- SWAPO. He followed this meeting by holding similar discussion with Namibia's liberal Namibian National Front and the conservative Democratic Turnhalle Alliance.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of cheering SWAPO supporters had gathered outside the Motel in Windhoek where members of the United Nations mission were staying.
Mr. Daniel Tjongarero, Vice President and organiser of SWAPO'S internal wing greeted the crowd before he and his delegation met Mr. Ahtisaari and members of the U.N. mission.
The meeting was mainly to allow the U.N. team the chance to learn more about SWAPO. They also discussed the question of alleged irregularities in the compiling of electoral roles for the planned pre-independence elections. After the meeting SWAPO publicity secretary Mokganedi Thlabanello explained:
Mr. Ahtisaari's third meeting was with members of the liberal Namibian National Front including Advocate Hans Berker -- second from right -- and Secretary General Brian O'Lynn -- second from left. Afterwards NNF President Justice Garoeb and Advocate Berker spoke with newsmen about Mr. Ahtisaari's mission.
Mr. Ahtisaari's third meeting of the day was with officials of the conservative Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, SWAPO'S main political rivals in Namibia. One of the Mr. Ahtisaari's main tasks during the meetings was to convince both the D.T.A. and the N.N.F. of United Nations' impartiality. Both parties have expressed fears that the U.N. might be more sympathetic to SWAPO because it has already recognised the nationalist movement as the sole representative of the Namibian people.