A week-long African-American conference in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, has ended in deadlock over independence negotiations for South African- controlled Namibia (South West Africa).
SV/SV PAN South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) President Sam Nujoma shaking hands with officials including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester Crocker, at end of African-American conference. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Delegates preparing to leave conference hall.
SV Newsmen waiting as Nujoma prepares to speak.
SV Nujoma speaking. (SOT)
NUJOMA: (SEQ 4) "The people of Namibia has the right of self-determination and national independence, like all other people. In the face of naked aggression, on the part of racist South Africa with active support of the Reagan administration, the leadership of SWAPO, have no other alternative but to intensify the war of national liberation as the only effective way which will lead our people to genuine freedom and independence. The United States identifies itself with racist South Africa, is opposed to Namibia's independence, and is opposed to the frontline states and OAU policy, and the effect of that of the United Nations with regard to the liberation process of Namibia. To us, that is clear. So therefore, we have no alternative but to fight for the liberation of our country, as our comrades of Zimbabwe fought (indistinct) Smith (indistinct). The British colonialists supported Ian Smith indirectly. The Americans supplied arms, we know they are supplying arms and weapons to South Africa, but we fight. No amount of weapons will stop us fighting for our rights and independence."
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Background: A week-long African-American conference in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, has ended in deadlock over independence negotiations for South African- controlled Namibia (South West Africa). At the January 14 session, South West African People's organisation (SWAPO) President Sam Nujoma blamed the administration of the President Reagan for what he called "bleak independence prospects in Namibia". The SWAPO leader said the deadlock was due to U.S. insistence on linking the issue to the issue to the withdrawal of an estimated 18,000 Cuban troops from Angola. Following the conference which was also addressed by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Chester Crocker, Mr. Nujoma accused the U.S. of backing South Africa's effort's to impede Namibia's independence. He told a news conference that Namibia's future and Cuban withdrawal from Angola were distinct issues. He said SWAPO, which is fighting South African troops in Namibia, would intensify its guerrilla war.