Foreign ministers of the Non-Aligned movement, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, have admitted to full membership of the movement the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).
Foreign ministers of the Non-Aligned movement, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, have admitted to full membership of the movement the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO). SWAPO is fighting against South African rule in Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign ministers of the Non-Aligned movement gathered on Monday (2 October) to discuss the Namibian issue. They decided to award full membership to SWAPO, which previously had observer status in the group. SWAPO becomes the 88th full member, and the second which does not have government status. The other is the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
The current Chairman of the group is Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Sahul Hameed, whose country hosted the fifth and most recent summit of the movement at Colombo in 1976. The next is due to take place in Cuba in September of next year (1979).
The statement issued at the end of the meeting said the movement was admitting SWAPO to membership because of what it calls 'the critical stage reached in the struggle for the liberation of Namibia'. Combined wit its observer status in the UN, SWAPO's membership of the Non-Aligned movement after 12 years of armed struggle in Namibia is further evidence of its growing acceptance as the representative of the people of Namibia.
The statement went on to condemn what it calls South Africa's 'arrogant attempts to hold sham elections', but welcomed last week's Security Council decision to set up a UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG), to help Namibia move to independence. The movement called this a 'hopeful development for a settlement'. SWAPO's President, Mr. Sam Njoma, greeted with enthusiasm the decision to elevated his organisation's position within the Non-Aligned movement.