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    African states, supported by some European members of the Security Council, have renewed demands for the arms embargo against South Africa.

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    GV ZOOM IN Delegates seated (SILENT)

    SV Malik speaking

    GV Delegates seated

    MV E. German delegate speaking

    GV Delegates seated

    Swedish delegate speaking

    GV Delegates seated

    SV Algerian delegate speaking in French

    TRANSCRIPT: "My delegation is Communist. Since the time has now come to take more decisive measures in order to obtain national independence in (indistinct) Namibia. It is impossible for the decision of the Security Council and demands of the international public opinion in this regard to be retarded or stopped by a policy of delayed actions."

    "The situation in Namibia constitutes a threat to international peace and security. I object to the continued illegal occupation by South Africa of this international territory and the application of Apartheid and the homelands policy. These South African policies create a situation of dangerous tension in Africa. A situation, which is allowed to be continued, will gradually become aggravated."

    At the United Nations, the Security Council Debate on Namibia or South West Africa's coming to a close. The Soviet delegate, Mr. Malik's one of the few European supporters of hard-line African countries. Several African states have renewed their demand for an arms embargo and economic sanctions against South Africa. They claim South Africa's illegally occupying Namibia. More support for them came from the East German delegate. Mr. Neugebauer.

    The Swedish delegate, Mr. Rydbeek, also lent support.

    Britain, France and the United States are believed to be ready to veto any arms embargo or sanctions. But the Algerian delegate, Mr. Fasla, said South Africa was encouraged by the behaviour of powerful countries and not smaller nations. He said they objected to South Africa's policies on the one hand but traded with her on the other.

    The Western power have consistently rejected African proposal that the security Council declare the situation in Namibia is a threat. The Council's planning to ask South Africa to name, by July next year, the date for United Nations-supervised election in Namibia.

    Initials CL/2230 CL/2247

    This film includes SOF in English, French and Russian. The English, with speakers from Sweden and East Germany, is transcribed below.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: African states, supported by some European members of the Security Council, have renewed demands for the arms embargo against South Africa. This comes as a new attempt to have the racially-segregated Republic withdraw from Namibia (South West Africa), the former German colony now under South African control.

    But the United States, France and Britain were believed ready to veto any proposal involving mandatory economic sanctions or an arms embargo. France is the leading foreign supplier of arms to South Africa.

    The Western powers have all along rejected African proposals that the Council declare the situation in Namibia as constituting a threat.

    Meanwhile, a plan to have the Council require South Africa to set a date by July next year for the holding of UN-supervised election in Namibia has an uncertain future.

    France and Britain were behind the proposal, but several African members regarded it as too weak a response to what they saw as South Africa's uncompromising stand.

    In the Security Council debate on Thursday (5 June) the Swedish ambassador, Olof Tydbeck appeared to support the hard-liners, as did the East German and Algerian ambassadors.

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