The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, told the United Nations General Assembly?
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SCU U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger addressing meeting
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SV Dr. Munyua Waiyaki, (Kenya Foreign Minister) addressing meeting
KISSINGER: "In recent months, the United States has vigorously sought to help the parties concerned to speed up the process towards Namibian independence. The United States favours the following elements: the independence of Namibia within a fixed short, time limit; the calling of a constitutional conference at a neutral location under United Nations aegis and the participation in that conference of all authentic national forces, including specifically SWAPO."
WAIYAKI: "One, South Africa should, without delay, recognise the authentic representatives of the Namibian people, namely SWAPO and enter in negotiations with this organisation with a view to convening a proper constitutional conference under the auspices of the United Nations. SWAPO being the authentic representative of the Namibian people should not just be invited to this conference, they should be involved in its preparation. Indeed, SWAPO would act as the chief political party to call on all the other small parties to close ranks so as to present a united front during the conference. Two, the United Nations, we feel, should consider sending a buffer force to Namibia to protect the interests of Africans as well as to establish a presence in its territory. We feel that this force could be used during the elections to help supervise the organisation and conduct of the elections. If South Africa refuses to comply with the first refusal, which in the view of my delegation would lead to a peaceful transfer of power, then it is incumbent on this Council to recommend economic and other measures of compulsion that will oblige South Africa to comply with these decisions."
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (30 September) what he thought were the basic conditions for Namibian independence. At the same time, Kenya told the Security Council that South Africa should follow the U.N. in recognising the South West African People's Organisation - SWAPO -- as the territory's legal representatives.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kissinger said a Namibian constitutional conference should be called outside the territory under the U.N.
The Kenyan Foreign Minister, Dr. Munyua Waiyaki, told the Security Council debate on Namibia that it should demand South African recognition of SWAPO.