It was reported on Tuesday (17 October) that Western Foreign Ministers were considering a compromise scheme under which two elections would be held in Namibia (South West Africa) to bring it to internationally-recognised independence.
SV Crowds with Democratic Turnhalle ??? banners outside hotel in Windhoek, where talks taking place. (2 SHOTS)
LV INTERIOR Foreign Ministers, (from 1 to ???), Mr Donald Jamieson of Canada, Dr David Owen of UK, Mr Hans Deitrich Genscher of West Germany, seated at conference table PAN TO delegations from NNF (Namibia National Front) and SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organisation).
CU Dr Owen, PAN TO Mr Genscher and Mr Jamieson, and SWAPO members.
CU Mr Genscher talking to Mr Jamieson, with Dr Owen in middle.
CU Mr Genscher.
CU Dr Owen mingling with guests and shaking hands.
CU Mr David Tjongarero, SWAPO (Internal) Chairman speaking in English.
CU Dr David Owen seated in car leaving.
CU Mr Jamieson leaving hotel, entering car and leaving, TILT UP TO demonstrators across road. (2 SHOTS)
TRAVELLING SHOT Foreign Ministers' convoy touring Katatura township
GV PAN Hospital building in Katatura township.
SV INTERIOR Women and Children in hospital waiting room. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Jamieson and Mr. Genscher entering the hospital.
CU Mr. Genscher listening to a doctor answering in English question asked by Mr. Jamieson. (off camera)
GV Police with guard dogs, crowds chanting outside hotel.
LV INTERIOR Members of AKTUR entering conference room and taking seats.
CU Dr. Owen shaking hand with delegates.
SV AKTUR members seated, PAN TO Dr. Owen at head of table.
SV Mr. Jamieson joins Dr. Owen at head of table ZOOM OUT GV delegates at conference table.
TJONGARERO: "Well, surely we indicated the fallacies of the present electoral system... with the racial registration of voters and all the inadequacies in it, and we have indicated quite strongly that we are not going to participate in the elections under South African suspices."
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Background: It was reported on Tuesday (17 October) that Western Foreign Ministers were considering a compromise scheme under which two elections would be held in Namibia (South West Africa) to bring it to internationally-recognised independence. The ministers ??? representing the United States, Britain, Canada, West Germany and France -- were meeting with South African leaders in Pretoria, on the future of the South-African-ruled territory.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (14 October), three of the Ministers visited the Namibian capital of Windhoek to sound out local opinion before Monday's meeting in Pretoria on Namibia. One of the groups they spoke to was the D.T.A. - the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance - which is a multi-racial grouping. The Foreign Ministers taking part were Mr Donald ??? of Canada; Mr David ??? of Britain??? and Mr Hans Deitrich Genscher of West Germany. The DTA flatly refused to oppose South Africa's call for a December election in the Territory. The Minister also talked with members of he NNF ??? the Namibia National Front -- and SWAPO - the South West Africa People's Organisation.
Another of the Namibians that the ministers talked to was with internal Chairman of SWAPO, Mr David Tjongarero.
Also on the Western group's itinerary was a tour of Katatura black township, followed by a brief visit to a hospital on the outskirts of windhoek. The visit was made by Mr Jamieson and Mr Genscher. The meeting with DTA supporters had so far been their main challenge. According to sources, neither side gave ground at the meeting.
Britain's Foreign Minister, Dr. Owen, was later to describe the talks they had in Windhoek as useful. However, sources said the talks had led to no substantial changes in attitudes in the main political parties. The two conservative elements had accepted South Africa's election proposals, but others said they would boycott the elections. South Africa unilaterally called for elections for a Constituent Assembly on December the 4th. South Africa rejected a UN plan for Namibian independence incorporating supervised elections. South Africa had worked out the plan with the five Western Ministers, but felt betrayed on some points.
The problem began when the United Nations revoked the old League of Nation's mandate under which South Africa ruled the German colony for some 60 years. South Africa declined to recognise the United Nations decision. Another sector the ministers met on their visit were members of AKTUR, the South West Africa Party which was formerly part of the ruling National Party of South Africa. Some sources said the West was failing in its current bid because South Africa had no intention of accepting the U.N. plan, since this would put SWAPO into power.