GV & ZOOM TO SCU President of General Assembly Salim A. Salim of Tanzania speaking in English
SV League of Arab States representative Abdel Rahman Abdalla speaking in English
GV Mr. Salim walking through corridor with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe
SV Mr. Salim shaking hands with Mr. Mugabe, then sitting
SALIM: "Zimbabwe's independence has eloquently demonstrated the rational and most desirable approach to what were considered to be the intractable problem-the path towards genuinenegotiated solutions which faithfully respect the inalienable rights to self-determination and independence of the people of the countries concerned. It was, and it still remains, the ardent hope of the international community that the example of Zimbabwe would be followed by the achievement without delay of an internationally acceptable solution to the question of Namibia."
SUDAN: "Namibia, as we all know, is the direct responsibility of the United Nations. It is therefore the duty of all the member states to enable the Namibian people to enjoy their basic rights, their basic and fundamental human rights and exercise their inalienable rights including the right to establish their own state. In this context, Mr. Chairman, we have been following with special concern the developments regarding the peaceful settlement proposals which have been transmitted to the Security Council since April, 1978, by the five Western state members of the council. Subsequent Security Council resolution, particularly 435 and 439 which provided for the implementation of the proposed settlement are self-explanatory. If South Africa was really going to arrange a peaceful settlement to the question of Namibia, we would have had an independent Namibia today."
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Background: Mr. Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, the country soon to become the United Nations 153rd member, addressed the African and non-aligned delegations at private meetings during a brief visit to the United nations on Friday (22 August). His visit coincided with a meeting of the U.N. Council for Namibia (South-West Africa). The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Salim Ahmad Salim, of Tanzania, spoke to the council about Zimbabwe's recent independence and the need for a solution to the problem of Namibia (South-West Africa).
SYNOPSIS: The Sudanese delegate, Abdel Rahman Abdalla, representing the League of Arab States, also spoke.
Mr. Mugabe paid a courtesy call on Mr. Salim, who will preside over the special session of the General Assembly on Monday (25 August). Mr. Mugabe arrived in New York on Thursday (21 August) and he will personally accept the United Nations membership for Zimbabwe at the first meeting of the new session. Mr. Mugabe is to meet President Carter in Washington on Wednesday (27 August).