Nations of Southern Africa are losing patience over the protracted struggle of Namibia (South West Africa) against the Pretoria regime.
FEBRUARY 5 GVs U.N. Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar off plane, greeted by Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Witness Mangwende and other U.N. and Zimbabwe officials (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR State House in Harare
SV PAN Mr. de Cuellar arriving at State House and being greeted by President Canaan Banana
FEBRUARY 6 SVs Mr. de Cuellar answering questions from reporters (3 shots) (SOT)
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) (SEQ 4):
DE CUELLAR: "You perhaps will know that the idea of this trip which will cover that we call all front line countries, plus a meeting I had in Angola with the representative of SWAPO is intended to give me the necessary elements for making an assessment of the situation once I am back in New York, and to decide from our United Nation's point of view, what's next. At the same time I wanted to appreciate personally on the spot the situation of tension and instability in this area, and to see in which way the United Nations can help. Well I think in all the countries I have visited I have heard from the leaders of governments, and heads of states, a very strong complaint about South African activities, intending to de-stabilise their countries, and which of course is for me a source of concern. At the same time I must say that I have found as a common denominator not only this concern about de-stabilisation, but as well a kind of impatience on the Namibian question."
REPORTER: "Recently, you seemed to bracket the problems in Southern Africa as being as serious as those in the Middle East. Would you explain?"
DE CUELLAR: "Well it is very clear. I think that if we don't find a prompt solution to the Namibian question, we must unfortunately be faced with a situation with a kind of endless conflict which will convert, transform this part of the world into a permanent source of tension. That's what I think."
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Background: Nations of Southern Africa are losing patience over the protracted struggle of Namibia (South West Africa) against the Pretoria regime. United Nations Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar said on February 6. Mr. de Cuellar was speaking in Zimbabwe's capital, where he arrived the previous day. He was met at Harare Airport by Foreign Affairs Minister Witness Mangwende, and later received by President Canaan Banana. After talks with the president and Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, Mr. de Cuellar told reporters his eight-nation tour of the region was a fact-finding one. Already, the leaders of Angola, Zambia and Mozambique had told him South Africa was actively trying to de-stabilise neighbouring Black states. The U.N. secretary-general said his meeting with a representative from the South West Africa Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO) had convinced him the Namibian problem could lead to permanent conflict in Southern Africa. This he added, was the reason why Nambia's independence must be settled soon. Mr. de Cuellar left for Botswana at the end of his two-day visit to Zimbabwe.