The five-power United Nations team, currently investigating the introduction of independence to Namibia (South West Africa) were met by a noisy demonstration when they arrived in Dar-es-Salaam airport in Tanzania.
Mozambique: LV & CU Delegates leave aircraft and are greeted by officials at Maputo airport. (4 SHOTS) 0.34
SV & CU INTERIOR Group seated and talking to President Samora Machel. (3 SHOTS) 0.59
Tanzania: SV, PAN (Night Shot) Demonstrators at Dar-es-Salaam airport carrying placards "Viva SWAPO" and "Namibia for Namibians" 1.19
SCU INTERIOR UN spokesman Eric Bergbusch speaking in English. 1.42
SV Demonstrators follow group's car. 1.47
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ 4: BERGBUSCH: "I think that the deep purpose of the consultative group and the deep purpose of the front line states, is conjointly to achieve a peaceful settlement in Namibia. And I do not think they'll be deterred from that purpose. Thank you."
Background: The five-power United Nations team, currently investigating the introduction of independence to Namibia (South West Africa) were met by a noisy demonstration when they arrived in Dar-es-Salaam airport in Tanzania. The two hundred black Africans were demanding immediate independence for Namibia and the ending of South African control. The delegation is visiting all African states in the region to assess their attitudes towards the granting of Namibian independence. They had just flown to Tanzania from Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: At Maputo airport, in Mozambique, the delegation was met by officials who later were to brief them on their government's strong support for an independent Namibia. All of the black African countries in the region are united in their opposition to the continuance of South African rule of the territory.
The delegation discussed the situation with the Mozambique President Samora Machel, at talks held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The United Nations has agreed to treat the question of Namibia as a matter of urgency and observers agree that all members of the delegation would like to see an independent Namibia by early next year.
It was when the UN group arrived in Tanzania that they encountered the demonstrators. They were gathered outside the Dar-es-Salaam airport and clearly took the delegation by surprise. The UN's spokesman, Canadian Eric Bergbusch, said they understood the protestors' attitudes.
The delegation left the airport to meet the Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere.
Source: REUTERS - CHRIS EVERSON AND H.P. CHHIPA