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.
GVs EXTERIOR Conference hall (2 shots)
GV Coach arrives with delegates
GV PAN & CUs Demonstrators with banners (3 shots)
GV Senior police officer greets delegation as newsmen look on (3 shots)
SCU Mr. A. Kloppers watching
GV PAN Delegates and newsmen standing (2 shots)
GV PAN Delegates queuing to go into conference hall
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Background: 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".