At the United Nations, the debate on the future of an independent Namibia continues with increasing controversy over the sovereignty of Walvis Bay.
At the United Nations, the debate on the future of an independent Namibia continues with increasing controversy over the sovereignty of Walvis Bay. South Africa claims the port as its own territory, but the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) insist the vital port region must be an integral part of any future Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: In a tense address to the General Assembly, Abdel Aziz Maoui, the head of the Algerian U.N. delegation launched an attack on the western plan for Namibia's independence. Under this plan, the issue of Walvis Bay is to be settled at a future date between the South African government and an independent Namibia. Mr. Maoui said that such a scheme undermined the real aims of the Namibian people, and the five countries who negotiated it (U.S.A., Great Britain, France, Canada and West Germany) were attempting to force the people of Namibia into an unacceptable solution.
Zaire's permanent representative to the U.N., Mr. Kabeya Wa Mukeba, found the western plan more acceptable. He told then assembly that, like most human creations, had its imperfections, but he believed it was a good basis on which negotiations could continue.
On the problem of Walvis Bay, Mr. Makeba said it was a complex situation that needed to be cleared up as soon as possible. Only when it was clarified whether the port region belonged to South Africa or Namibia could the discussions about independence have any real credibility. He also said that it was the duty of the United Nations to ensure peace was maintained during the interim transitional period towards full independence. The Western plan -- drawn up by the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France and West Germany -- calls for an interim administration run by the U.N. This would prepare the ground for free elections in the country , once all but 1,500 of the occupying South African troops had left.