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    The United Nations held special ceremonies on Monday (29 October) to commemorate a week of solidarity for the people of Namibia and SWAPO (South West Africa People Organisation).

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    TV INTERIOR: General Assembly of United Nations with President of Assembly Salim Ahmid of Tanzania speaking.

    CU: Secretary General of United Nations kurt Wasdheim speaking.

    SV: Nigerian Permanent Representative B.A. Clark speaking.

    SALIM:"As we meet here today, to pay tribute to the people of Namibia and their national liberation movement. SWAPO, it is only proper that we should also acknowledge the important role by the United Nations Council for Namibia, under the dynamic leadership of my colleague, friend and brother, Ambassador Paul Lusaka, in ensuring the implementation of the decision of the General Assembly, in regard to the international territory. Steadfastly and patiently, the United Nations Council for Namibia has worked towards, and has indeed succeeded in enlisting wide support for the just struggle of the Namibian people, and in mobilising world public opinion in their favour. It is my sincere hope that this meeting will provide a fresh opportunity for the intentional community to demonstrate its commitment, to bring into reality a genuine, independent Namibia. And at the same time, to underscore its determination to assist the Council for Namibia in its noble task, in the discharge of the important mandate entrusted to it by the General Assembly."

    WALDHEIM: "Distinguished delegates, let me tell you in all sincerity, and I share here the concern expressed just a few moments ago by the distinguished President of the General Assembly, let me express to you my concern about the slow process in this regard. Again and again, new questions are asked by the government of South Africa, in this and that respect, and I don not wish to hide from you my deep preoccupation about this development . I consider it our duty to do everything in our power to achieve a negotiated peaceful settlement so that we avoid further bloodshed and suffering of the popple, mostly the civilian population, women, children of Namibia. So it is our duty to do whatever we can in order to achieve a peaceful solution."

    CLARK: "The South African government has continued to defy the Security Council plans and the Secretary General's report for Namibia's independence, and has found excuses to disrupt negotiations with the five members of the Security Council on the subject of Namibia's independence: As this source of evil, confronting the internal community, the South African regime has defied the United Nations, with respect to the situation in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and has repeated acts of aggression against neighbouring states. In my view, therefore, South Africa's policy of indifference to the international will, of unqualified intransigence and defiance, today posses the greatest threat to the image and integrity of the United Nations charter, as we perceive it."

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    Background: The United Nations held special ceremonies on Monday (29 October) to commemorate a week of solidarity for the people of Namibia and SWAPO (South West Africa People Organisation). Several speakers, including Secretary General kurt Waldheim, called for new efforts to implement the United Nations scheme for independence for South West Africa (Namibia). The speakers are in turn, the Assembly's President Representative, Salim Ahmid of Tanzania, Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and Nigerian Permanent Representative, MR. B.A. Clark.

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