In the United Nations, several African delegates called fr economic sanctions against South Africa during the opening session of the General Assembly debate on the future of Namibia (South West Africa) on Wednesday (23 May).
SV Zambian Ambassador Paul Lusaka speaking in English in United Nations General Assembly
SV Tanzanian Ambassador Salim a Salim speaking in English
SV Head of South West Africa People's Organisation Sam Nujoma speaking in English
PAUL LUSAKA: "It must be made absolutely clear that the United Nations is solemnly committed to ensuring self-determination, freedom and national independence for the Namibian people. For this purpose the General Assembly should solemnly reassert the direct responsibility of the United Nations for Namibia, renew its determination to ensure the effective and complete discharge to this responsibility and to this end should call upon all member states, United Nations bodies and organisations, to fully support the United Nations Council for Namibia, as the legal administrating authority for Namibia until independence and the implementation of its mandate. In the view of the council, it is necessary that the General Assembly reaffirms that a just and durable settlement of the question of Namibia is possible, only with the direct and full participation of the South West Africa People's Organisation."
SALIM A SALIM: "The only course of action, commensurate with the present situation, is for this Assembly to recommend and for the security council to consider, adopting urgently a comprehensive programme of economic sanctions which will signify to South Africa that its stalling tactics and manoeuvres will no longer be tolerated. Equally important as this gesture is the need for all concerned to provide all possible assistance to the people of Namibia under the leadership of the National Liberation movement, SWAPO, in this, the most crucial stage of their gallant struggle for the restoration of their rights."
SAM NUJOMA: "Mr. president, the choice before this assembly and the rest of the international community, is whether this fascistic group of today-Hitlers in Southern Africa will be all-owed to drag down the whole world into a holocaust or whether they must be told in a clear and a straightforward language that enough is enough."
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Background: In the United Nations, several African delegates called fr economic sanctions against South Africa during the opening session of the General Assembly debate on the future of Namibia (South West Africa) on Wednesday (23 May). Later in the week-long debate, a South African delegation faced ejection from the Assembly after making an appearance following its suspension five years ago. The debate centred on whether South Africa should be penalised because of its rejection of the United Nations' Security Council resolution on the holding of elections in Namibia. South African sponsored elections last December were not recognised by the Council because of the lack of United Nations supervision and the exclusion of several political parties in Namibia, including the South West Africa Peoples Organisation(SWAPO). The Zambian Ambassador, Paul Lusaka, who opened the debate condemned south Africa, and these views were echoed by the next speaker, Tanzanian representative, Salim A Salim. Finally Sam Nujoma, the leader of the SWAPO guerrilla movement, called on the United Nations to force South Africa to implement the Security Council resolution.