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.
GV INT. Canadian Foreign Minister Donald Jamieson addressing General Assembly.
SV Jamieson speaking in English
GV Panama Vice Minister of External Relations, Carlos Ozores Typaldos, addressing assembly.
CU Ozores speaking in Spanish.
JAMIESON: "We had every reason to believe that the United Nations finally had in its hands the instruments capable of putting an end to 30 years of controversy and of bringing Namibia to independence in an internationally acceptable manner. It was therefore, with shock and dismay, that we heard last week of the South African Government's decision to proceed unilaterally with elections in that territory. Neither of the reasons invoked by the South African Government is valid. First, I wish to declare most categorically that the Secretary-General's report is fully in line with the original Western proposals. That report is a professional assessment of the human and financial means required to perform the tasks, which our proposals call for. Secondly, apart from a few extreme elements, all of those who have a claim to represent sectors of the Namibian population have clearly expressed their preference and their acceptance of a U.N. involvement in the independence process. The churches have done so, the Namibian National Front has done so, and as recently as September the 15th, the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance has done so. We simply cannot accept that there is now a need for some form of further consultations."
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Background: 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.