Peter Masihaninge the foreign secretary of the South West African's People's Organisation, fighting for independence for Namibia, says his organisation has enough men and weapons without calling in neighbouring Angola or Cuban troops.
SV: SWAPO Foreign secretary, Masihaninge speaking to reporter.
COWELL: "Mr Masihnainge, what's your reaction to reports that SWAPO has reached a military agreement with the MPLA and Cuban forces in Southern Angola?"
MASIHANINGE: "I think there is no sense in that statement. SWAPO has its own forces, dealing specifically with the question of Namibia, fighting directly against the south African forces in Namibia. Angola is an independent state, and the Republic of Angola is capable to deal with any situation arising in Angola."
COWELL: "Your president, Mr. Nujoma has just returned from Cuba. What was the purpose of his visit to Havana?"
MASIHANINGE: "This is not the first time. We have a long standing relationship with the government our struggle and its still supporting out struggle up to now. Therefore it is just a relationship, to strengthen the relationship, and perhaps to ask the Cuban government more support, so that we may be able to continue with our struggle."
COWELL: "You would not foresee then a situation where, as in Angola you would invite in the Cuban forces on your side.?"
MASIHANINGE: "I don't think that it's necessary, because we have troops enough to deal with the situation in Namibia. Whereas Cuban and other socialist countries such as the Soviet Union, are said to be supporting us militarily and we do not need union power, material power from these countries. We have enough materials to carry on with the struggle."
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Background: Peter Masihaninge the foreign secretary of the South West African's People's Organisation, fighting for independence for Namibia, says his organisation has enough men and weapons without calling in neighbouring Angola or Cuban troops. Alan Cowell of Reuters interviewed the SWAPO representative in Lusaka about the struggle against South Africa.