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.
GV Members in debating hall.
SV Mr. Shafashike Kahana, of SWAPO, speaks in English.
SV Dr. Sami Glayel, of Syria, speaks in French.
KAHANA: "SWAPO, as the authentic representative of the Namibian people, will never compromise the rights and aspirations of our people. We try to reiterate it here that any solution to the Namibian problem must be based on the following: the racist government forces in Namibia must be withdrawn; the South Africa occupation regime must recognise the territorial integrity of Namibia including the port of Warfis Bay. We shall not accept any solution which falls within the framework of the Bantustan concept of the South African regime, or its precipitating designs through the Tanhallin. All Namibian political prisoners, irrespective of their political affiliations, must be released. In the event of any elections for a future government in Namibia, the United Nations must supervise all such elections. In conclusion, Mr. President, I want to express SWAPO's support for and solidarity with our struggling comrades in Zimbabwe and South Africa."
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Background: 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.