The thorny issue of the disputed deepwater port of Walvis Bay is again presenting a stumbling block in the settlement of an independent Namibia (South West Africa).
The thorny issue of the disputed deepwater port of Walvis Bay is again presenting a stumbling block in the settlement of an independent Namibia (South West Africa). On Thursday, the Security Council of the United Nations adopted a resolution demanding that the Walvis Bay territory be re-integrated into Namibia, but South African Prime Minister Mr. John Vorster has said his government unconditionally rejects this decision. Observers in Johannesburg fear that the South African government could, in the light of this U.N. resolution, now block the independence proposals for the former mandated territory.
SYNOPSIS: There were no votes against adoption of the controversial resolution, at the United Nations Security Council and only two abstentions. For commercial and security reasons, South Africa is anxious to retain control of the port. They see this decision ass breaking a promise given by the five Western nations that negotiated the Namibia settlement terms that Walvis Bay would not be included in the deal. After the voting was completed, the United States talked about the thinking behind the decision.
In Pretoria, Mr. Vorster made clear his government's attitude.
In Namibia, Mr. Milner Thlabanello, Information Secretary for the South Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) was happier.