INTRODUCTION: During an emergency debate at the United Nations on Thursday (10 September) South Africa was condemned by a number of countries for not implementing the UN endorsed plan for the independence of Namibia (South West Africa).
GV Delegates seated. (2 SHOTS) (MUTE)
SV Sierra Leone Foreign Minister Abdulai Conteh speaks in English.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated. (MUTE)
SV Tanzania delegate Salim speaking in English
SEQ. 2: CONTEH: "President, in the view of the government of Sierra Leone, the choice is clear and unmistakable. This session of the general assembly must take the necessary measures, not only to vindicate the relevance, vitality and integrity of the United Nations, but must act unequivocally and decisively to restore confidence in the internal process and system and above all must act to uphold international peace and security. For the South African regime's illegal presence and policies in Namibia and its depredations on adjacent territories disturb in a grave manner international peace and security."
SEQ. 4: SALIM: "I hope, indeed, I confidently hope, that this assembly will take action which is geared to promote the cause of peace and justice in Namibia and southern Africa as a whole. In the consideration of these measures it is our hope that the general assembly will entirely take into account the following factors and their implications for international peace and security. One, that even at this eleventh hour it is still possible to bring about independence for Namibia through a negotiated solution. That negotiation is not a moral exercise but rather an undertaking which requires commitment on the part of all concerned. That in this connection the commitment and support of the negotiated solution has been clearly forthcoming on the part of SWAPO, supported by independent Africa. But it has been clearly lacking on the part of the South African regime, as manifested through its actions and policies. The road to negotiation, therefore, a priority required that South Africa must be made to implement at the very least its own inclination and undertakings. In this respect it should not be forgotten that Security Council resolution 435 was not an arbitrary exercise. It was a product of long negotiations in which the South African regime was consulted and its concern sought at every single step of the negotiations. Two, that any prevarication with respect to the implementation of Security Council resolution 435 served only to strengthen South Africa's intransigence and defiance."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: During an emergency debate at the United Nations on Thursday (10 September) South Africa was condemned by a number of countries for not implementing the UN endorsed plan for the independence of Namibia (South West Africa). The condemnation did not just come from the African nations. The Australian representative David Anderson, said South Africa had prevaricated and thrown up flimsy pretexts for not implementing the plan and should not be allowed to evade the issue any longer.
SYNOPSIS: After Mr. Anderson there was a speech by the Sierra Leone delegate, Mr. Abdulai Conteh.
Mr. Conteh was followed by the delegate from Tanzania, Mr. Salim Salim.