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    At the United Nations, the Security Council has been preparing to authorise a big United Nations operation to bring independence to Namibia (South West Africa).

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    GV TILT DOWN United Nations building.

    SV Dr. David Owen, British Foreign Secretary, replying in English to reporters' questions.

    SV South African Foreign Minister, Mr. Pik Botha, with United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Kurt Waldheim.

    SCU Mr. Botha at news conference, listening and replying to questions, in English.

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Do you have full agreement now for the western plan?"

    SEQ. 2: OWEN: "Full agreement? I think that is going a little far, but I think we will get through. I hope so anyhow."

    REPORTER: "What is the obstacle?"

    OWEN: "Well I think there are still problems over Walvis Bay. I think that is the main issue."

    REPORTER: "Will you get agreement in the Council tomorrow do you think?"

    OWEN: "I think so. I have only just come and we have got some discussions to make tonight and tomorrow morning but I think we will, yes. We have gone too far, everybody on all sides, to let it all slip away now."

    REPORTER: "Dr., Owen, what about the Soviet Union? What must they do or not do to let this thing go through peacefully?"

    OWEN: "Well, I think they would help if they actually voted for it in the Security Council. But they tend to abstain from any involvement of the United Nations in these areas, but they may vote for it. But they may abstain. The most...certainly what we would hope they would not do is to use the veto."

    REPORTER: "What matters do you consider would be acceptable in a Security Council resolution to resolve this problem about Walvis Bay?"

    SEQ. 4: BOTHA: "Well obviously the best way would be not to mention it at all, as was the agreement."

    REPORTER: "As a compromise?"

    BOTHA: "Not as a compromise. It was a firm and different agreement and Walvis Bay would not have been addressed politically or legally in the ambit of the proposal. Not at all."

    REPORTER: "What is your solution now?"

    BOTHA: "We believe in agreements and in executing them faithfully and sincerely, and we feel that we have been let down badly."

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    Background: At the United Nations, the Security Council has been preparing to authorise a big United Nations operation to bring independence to Namibia (South West Africa). But there has been a last minute row over the future of Walvis Bay, the only deep-water port in the area. The South African Foreign Minister, Mr. Pik Botha, says a draft resolution declaring Walvis Bay as a part of Namibia is totally unacceptable.

    SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Security Council is the scene for another debate over the future of Namibia. Dr. David Owen, the British Foreign Secretary was asked about the five western nations plan for Namibia.

    The original plan would provide for U.N. troops to supervise independence, leaving undecided for now the question of Walvis Bay. But a new proposal would integrate Walvis Bay with Namibia from the start. Mr. Botha was questioned on Walvis Bay.

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