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    Zambia has accepted a U.N. invitation to attend a Namibia (South West Africa) Independence Conference?

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    CU Vice President of SWAPO, Misheck Muyongo speaking in English (5 shots)

    MAINE: "Mr. Muyongo, the United Nations Secretary General had invited SWAPO to a meeting in Geneva with South Africa and various other groups. Are you accepting?"

    MUYONGO: "Well, let me answer you this way. SWAPO has always been ready to go to any conference and discuss it with anybody, that's where the issue of Namibia is concerned. I know that the invitation has been extended to our colleague in New York, our representative in New York, and we are in the process of getting it and immediately after getting it we'll be able to decide as to who goes to Geneva.

    MAINE: "In the past one of the main hitches bas been the demilitarised zone and can you clarify a little bit about it?"

    MUYONGO: "In the past the hitch has the confinement of SWAPO (indistinct) to bases in Namibia and the monitoring of SWAPO (indistinct) outside Namibia. They have been the two hitches that we had. So the voting in of the question of the demilitarised zone to try and accommodate these two paragraphs, now one can only hope that when we get to Geneva we will be able to (indistinct..) the proposal of the demilitarised zone. Whether it takes care of these two elements that are now being proposed."

    MAINE: "The South African authorities are saying that parties with Namibia should be included in the meeting. What's your view on this?"

    MUYONGO: "We are saying the South Africans are being invited and the parties that are being referred to are babies of the South Africans. Now what if South Africans decide to carry these babies on their blacks, so if they go to the conference they will no difficulty with us. They created them so they have to be able to see how best they can accommodate them when things like that come up, things like a conference come up. I wanted to say that we want to go to Geneva to talk with the Secretary General and talk with the South Africans if they want to and then that's that. If the South Africans are going to return home we have no difficulty with that. That's their baby, let them to that."

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    Background: Zambia has accepted a U.N. invitation to attend a Namibia (South West Africa) Independence Conference in Geneva next week. The invitation came directly from U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. Zambia is one of the leading supporters of SWAPO, the South West Africa People's Organisation which is fighting for Namibia's Independence. SWAPO representatives have also been invited to the conference, together with a South African delegation. After the invitation was issued, SWAPO's Vice President Misheck Muyongo spoke with Abbey Maine.

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