• Short Summary

    About 130 delegates from South West Africa's (Namibia) 12 ethnic groups arrived in Windheek on Monday (1 September) for round table talks to decide the country's constitutional future.

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    About 130 delegates from South West Africa's (Namibia) 12 ethnic groups arrived in Windheek on Monday (1 September) for round table talks to decide the country's constitutional future.

    As the delegates arrived, about 60 supporters of the Namibia National Council (NNC), Which is boycotting the talks, staged a silent demonstration.

    They stood in a long line holding placards reading "No more Boer lies", "Away with Hitlerism" and "South Africa must Quit". South Africa administers the territory under a League of Nations mandate, revoked by the United Nations.

    The South African Government, which convened the conference, is believed to favour a federal system of government based on internally self-governing homelands for the 750,000 people. The conference, however, is not recognised by the U.N., the rest of Black Africa or the territory's main political movement, South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).

    Although the talks started off in relative harmony, by the end of the second day there was deadlock. This followed an argument about the admission to the talks of an American constitutional lawyer, Mr. Steward Schwartz, who was involved in drawing up the constitutions of Kenya and Bangladesh.

    The Baster tribal leader, Dr. Benjamin Africa, a leading figure at the conference, stormed out of the old German colonial drill hall where the talks were being held on Tuesday (2 September) and said "There is deadlock".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3O9D9VS5WDN92LW853E4KDN3
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3O9D9VS5WDN92LW853E4KDN3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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