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    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.

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    SV: Norwegian delegate speaking in English, Mr. Ole Algard.

    GV: General assembly.

    SV: Zambian delegate speaking in English and delegates listening, Mr. Siteke Mwale. (3 shots)

    GV: Delegates seated.

    SV: Senegal delegate speaking in French, Mr. Medoune Fall.

    SV: Delegates seated.

    SV: West German delegate speaking in English, Herr Rudiger Von Wechmar.

    ALGARD:"Should the South African authorities decide, contrary to our expectations in the final analysis, not to comply with their international obligation. If they don't (INDISTINCT) in the Security Council resolution Number 835. The Security Council should take the lead in initiating a broad policy of political and economic isolation of South Africa, including the adoption of new mandatory sanctions in Chapter 7 of the United Nations charter."

    MWALE:"South Africa must not be allowed to destroy the national unity and territorial integrity of Namibia. (INDISTINCT)...in the current negotiations but also clear evidence of South Africa's territorial ambitions and expansionism. It must be categorically and resolutely rejected by the United Nations and all its member states. For it is an attempt to deprive Namibia from its main port and vital economic lifeline, and thus undermine the true independence of a territory by making it dependent on South Africa for economic survival.

    WECHMAR:"The proposal must be seen as a balanced package, the individual parts of which should neither be changed nor burdened with new conditions, so as not to jeopardise the feasibility of the settlement as a whole. It is a genuine compromise which none of the principal parties will consider ideal, but it does represent the best possible harmonisation of the interest of all concerned, evolved by the wise and painstaking work with a view to the overriding concern of a peaceful development in Southern Africa."

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    Background: 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.

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