INTRODUCTION: In Geneva, the five western powers at the multi-party conference on Namibia (South West Africa) have been trying hard to bring the opposing sides together to get the peace plan for the disputed territory under way.
GV SWAPO delegation arriving and seating themselves
GV Democratic Turnhalle Alliance delegation with chairman Dirk Mudge at left PAN ALONG row
GV U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arriving and seating himself
GV TV PAN ACROSS Conference room
SV SWAPO spokesman Theo-Ben Garirab speaking in English (3 shots)
GVs Delegates and newsmen (2 shots)
SV Dirk Mudge speaking in English (3 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ 5: GARIRAB: "There were well-calculated obstructions and manoeuvres by the other delegation to hi-jack the meeting right from the start as part of its grand strategy to wreck the meeting whilst also seeking, at the same time, to obtain international recognition for the puppets which it brought from Namibia, which it is parading here as the spokesmen, or representatives, of the Namibian people. Comrade Nujoma, chairman of SWAPO, in a solemn and statesman-like fashion, reiterated our acceptance of Resolution 435, our readiness, our (indistinct) to co-operate with the United Nations for fixing a firm date for the emplacement of (indistinct) in Namibia, and equally, our readiness and preparedness to continue to co-operate with the U.N. in the (indistinct) process."
SEQ 7: MUDGE: "I understand that (conference chairman) Mr. Urquhart said this morning that the Secretary General will not be able to withdraw recognition of SWAPO as the sole, authentic representative of the people of Namibia, and that he will not be able to withdraw financial support from SWAPO. If this is true, then its strengthens our suspicion that the Secretary-General would not be in a position to conduct fair and free elections in Namibia. It surprises us that, now, all of a sudden, SWAPO who has always believed that the solution in our country must be found, and achieved through the barrel of a gun, now, all of a sudden, is very eager to sign a ceasefire agreement. And they now, all of a sudden, very eager to insists, or to have a cessation of hostilities, proves to me they are losing the battle, they are losing the war. And that is true -- they are."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Reports in London on Sunday (11 January) said that Mr. Mudge had refused to hold confidential discussion in his Geneva hotel room for fear that it was bugged. The DTA were said to be threatening to walk out of the conference unless the UN could show tangible evidence that it would be an impartial referee in supervising pre-independence elections.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Geneva, the five western powers at the multi-party conference on Namibia (South West Africa) have been trying hard to bring the opposing sides together to get the peace plan for the disputed territory under way. Reuters news agency said on saturday (10 January) that a round of contacts had begun behind the scenes to construct a package deal. Doing the spadework were representatives of Britain, the Untied States, France, West Germany and Canada. Leaders of the multi-racial political alliance that rules Namibia have been attacking the status of its rival for power, the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO). The Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) demanded on Friday (9 January) that the United Nations withdraw its recognition of SWAPO as the sole representative of the Namibian people. At private sessions the same day, DTA representatives questioned the impartiality of senior U.N officials who'll be directly involved in the mechanics of Namibia's transition to independence. There've also been reports that relations between DTA and senior South African officials in their joint delegation have deteriorated since the meeting began.
SYNOPSIS: SWAPO delegates are among the 140 representatives of all sides at the five-day meeting. They've said they'll sign a ceasefire at any time, but only with South Africa, who've run the country for the past 60 years, more than half of them in defiance of international opinion. But the DTA, pictured here, described SWAPO as a monster created by the U.N., the western powers, and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim has met South African resistance to a U.N. request that Pretoria's troops evacuate Namibia before free elections.
A senior SWAPO spokesman, Mr. Theo-Ben Garirab, showed its scepticism by questioning the motives and behaviour of the DTA at the Geneva talks.
The chairman of the DTA Council of Ministers, Mr. Dirk Mudge, criticised the U.N. at a news conference.