On Tuesday (31 October) the United Nations Security Council began a debate on Namibia (South West Africa).
SV Burundi Ambassador Artemon Simbananiye representing African group speaking in French.
CU SWAPO observer Theo Ben Gurirab speaking in English.
GURIRAB: "Ultimately, your excellencies, the responsibility is yours to act. Your collective conscience in the face of the present situation caused by South Africa's defiance and the cries of the Namibian children, mothers and the aged, and their demand for justice and liberation enjoin you, to make one and the only correct decision, invoke chapter Seven against South Africa. The struggle continues, thank you very much, Mr. President."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: On Tuesday (31 October) the United Nations Security Council began a debate on Namibia (South West Africa). The problem of Namibia has existed since South Africa refused to adhere to a United Nations resolution that it give up its mandate to rule South West Africa. The mauritanian delegate Radha Krishna Ramphul, said effort by Western countries to resolve the question of the territory's independence on internationally acceptable terms had failed, and it was time to take punitive action against South Africa. The Burundi Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Artemon Simbananiye concurred.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Simbananiye told the Security Council they had a special responsibility towards the territory. As the United Nations' commitments had been foiled by the South African Government, the consequences had to be accepted and sanctions against the South African regime imposed. He said that to use the right of Veto would have no more significance than complying with South Africa who was condemned by the whole international community.
As far as the African states were concerned, he said they were determined to accept the challenge thrown down by South African because they could not betray the Namibian people, and on behalf of the people of the world who wanted peace. The Observer for the South West Africa People's Organisation Mr. Theo Ben Gurirab also spoke.