At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in the debate on Namibia, Zambia has warned against accepting at face value South Africa's agreement to a western independence plans for the territory.
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in the debate on Namibia, Zambia has warned against accepting at face value South Africa's agreement to a western independence plans for the territory. The territory is a former Germon colony ruled by South Africa under a United Nations mandate which has been withdrawn. The Western plan calls for the withdrawal of all but 1,500 troops from Namibia and the mounting of a big U.N. military and civilian operation during the transition to nationhood, including the holding of free elections. Norway was one of the first countries to speak in the debate.
SYNOPSIS: The Zambian Foreign Minister, Dr. Siteke Mwale, called for pressure to be brought on South Africa.
Senegal's representative to the United Nations supported the Zambian stance. Mr. Medoune Fall said the illegal occupation of Namibia constituted a threat to international peace and security. He said there was a risk of a dangerous situation with incalculable consequences being generated by the South African presence in the area.
Mr. Fall said Senegal was convinced the growing militarisation of South Africa in the area was against the wishes of all. He said South Africa used the Namibian territory of launch its attacks on neighbouring independent countries, like Zambia and Angola, and would soon turn the area into a powder keg.
The West German delegate, Herr Rudiger Von Wechmar, said the proposal must be balanced.