Five Western members of the United Nations Security Council are calling for a full Council meeting as soon as possible to gain approval for their Namibian independence plans - despite South Africa's rejection.
Five Western members of the United Nations Security Council are calling for a full Council meeting as soon as possible to gain approval for their Namibian independence plans - despite South Africa's rejection. The decision to launch a new diplomatic offensive was made on Monday (25 September) by the foreign Ministers of the United States, Britain, Canada, France and West Germany - the five who drew up the original United Nations plan for the future of Namibia, or South West Africa as it is also known. South Africa, which rules the territory, decided unilaterally the previous week to reject the plan and to hold elections there unilaterally. The Western members responded by summoning their ambassadors in South Africa to New York for consultations, and have warned South Africa of grave consequences if it failed to reconsider its rejection of the plan.
SYNOPSIS: Canadian Foreign Minister Donald Jamieson addressed General Assembly on Tuesday (26 September), on the issue, of behalf of the five members.
Later, the Panamanian Vice Minister of External relations Carlos Ozores Typaldos spoke, offering peace-keeping troops for Namibia, an offer also made by Britain.
Senor Typaldos said Panama had already offered a contingent of soldiers, should they be needed during the transitional period of independence to ensure full and peaceful autonomy throughout the entire territory, including Walvis Bay. In his August 30 report on the matter, the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, estimated that seven and half thousand U.N. troops would be needed.