It was reported on Tuesday (17 October) that Western Foreign Ministers were considering a compromise scheme under which two elections would be held in Namibia (South West Africa) to bring it to internationally-recognised independence.
It was reported on Tuesday (17 October) that Western Foreign Ministers were considering a compromise scheme under which two elections would be held in Namibia (South West Africa) to bring it to internationally-recognised independence. The ministers -- representing the United States, Britain, Canada, West Germany and France -- were meeting with South African leaders in Pretoria, on the future of the South-African-ruled territory.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (14 October), three of the Ministers visited the Namibian capital of Windhoek to sound out local opinion before Monday's meeting in Pretoria on Namibia. One of the groups they spoke to was the D.T.A.- the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance - which is a multi-racial grouping. The Foreign Ministers taking part were Mr Donald Jamieson of Canada; Mr David Owen of Britain; and Mr Hans Deitrich Genscher of West Germany. The DTA flatly refused to oppose South Africa's call for a December election in the Territory. The Minister also talked with members of the NNF - the Namibia National Front -- and SWAPO - the South West Africa People's Organisation.
Another of the Namibians that the ministers talked to was with internal Chairman of SWAPO, Mr David Tjongarero.
The problem began when the United Nations revoked the old League of Nations's mandate under which South Africa ruled the German colony for some 60 years. South Africa declined to recognise the United Nations decision. Another sector the ministers met on their visit were members of AKTUR, the South West Africa party which was formerly part of the ruling National Party of South Africa. Some sources said the West was failing in its current bid because South Africa had no intention of accepting the U.N. plan, since this would put SWAPO into power.