There's been a special debate at United Nations headquarters in New York on the future of Namibia, the territory in South West Africa controlled by the white South African regime.
There's been a special debate at United Nations headquarters in New York on the future of Namibia, the territory in South West Africa controlled by the white South African regime. The debate was organised to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the start of guerrilla warfare in Namibia by the South West Africa People's Organisation. At the UN assembly on Friday (26 August), delegates were addressed by SWAPO leader Shafashike Kahana and Syrian UN representative Dr. Sami Glayel.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kahana was the first to address the delegates:
Syria's Dr. Glayel pointed out that a special United Nations committee had energetically denounced the South African regime for its illegal occupation of South Africa. There had been repeated UN demands that the South Africans should surrender the territory, but they had flagrantly violated their obligations. By perpetuating their rule over the people of Namibia, he said, they were conducting a reign of terror and intimidation in the territory. By employing those tactics they were stopping the legitimate aspirations of the people.
Secretary General Kurt Waldheim told the assembly that there had been little progress towards enabling the people of Namibia to exercise their self-determination and independence. He said the international community must resolve to intensify efforts to assist the people of Namibia and remove the danger to peace posed by the present situation.