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    At the United Nations several delegates have spoken in support of Wednesday's 93-13 vote in favour of banning South Africa from participating in the re-opened debate on Namibia.

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    CU Liberian Delegate Winston Tubman speaking in English

    CU United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim talking in English

    TUBMAN: "Individual states may for reasons of politics, economics or sheer expediency brush aside questions of principles but the United Nations cannot retain its credibility whilst brushing aside its principles and its responsibilities. Now, therefore when South Africa's bad faith and tactics of interminable delays are clear, forceful actions must be taken against South Africa by this Assembly. Such actions must be taken not because one can foresee at this stage that they will instantly solve the problems, but because there is no other choice open to this body. The time has come when this Assembly must determine whether or not it will do everything in its power to implement its settlement plans and discharge its duties in Namibia. During this solemn resume session, the government of Liberia calls upon this assembly to forcefully denounce South Africa's manifest designs to impose an internal settlement to a puppet regime in Namibia."

    WALDHEIM: "The two problems which they, the South Africans raise, again and again, is the restriction to two locations of SWAPO forces in Namibia in order to be able for the United Nations forces to be able to control them. And the second is the monitoring of SWAPO forces in neighbouring countries. Also, we have indicated again and again repeatedly, that we are willing to clarify this. The South Africans did not give us a clear cut answer, so may opinion is that if one wants a settlement if it is indeed the intention of the South African government as they indicated in their communications to co-operated with the United Nations, well then one should give a clean answer. But I have not got this answer until now. I regret it and I therefore cannot tell you when the moment has come to make a decision on the question whether or not to maintain the plan of the United Nations for free elections in Namibia and independence based on the talks which have taken place in the past two years between the five western countries some of them former members of the Security Council, and the South African government."

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    Background: At the United Nations several delegates have spoken in support of Wednesday's 93-13 vote in favour of banning South Africa from participating in the re-opened debate on Namibia. Among these was the current Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, who criticised the South African government for its hesitancy is clarifying its attitude on two outstanding issues. These were the restrictions on the locations of SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organisation) forces in Namibia, and the monitoring of SWAPO activities in neighbouring countries. In an outspoken speech, the Liberian Ambassador to the UN, Winston Tubman, called upon the General Assembly to denounce South African designs for an independent Namibia and institute its own settlement plans.

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