The United Nations Security Council was called into session on Tuesday (31 August), in compliance with a deadline it set on the 30th of January for a declaration by south Africa of its willingness to allow United Nations-supervised elections in Namibia.
GV INTERIOR: Security Council.
GV: African group chairman, Henri Rosolondraibe speaking in French.
The African Foreign Minister will be in New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September. The Security Council accepted Mr. Nujoma's proposal and adjourned without setting a date for the resumption of the debate. South Africa responded to the Security Council demand for U.N. - supervised elections by forwarding a statement made by the South West African Constitutional Conference in the territorial capital of Windhoek, setting 31 December 1978 as a date for independence for Namibia under a multi-racial government.
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Background: The United Nations Security Council was called into session on Tuesday (31 August), in compliance with a deadline it set on the 30th of January for a declaration by south Africa of its willingness to allow United Nations-supervised elections in Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: The economically and strategically valuable territory was seized by South Africa during World War I. Since then internal apartheid policies have been introduced in Namibia.
As the U.N. deadline for free elections passed, the Security Council hear the current Chairman of the African group at the United Nations, Monsieur Henri Rasolondraibe of the Malagasy Republic, make a plea for sanctions against South Africa.
Speaking in French, Monsieur Rasolondraibe said that Africans would fight to rid themselves of the domination of the white minority in Namibia and to banish the degrading practice of apartheid. He also told the Security Council that the South African government was at the core of all problems in southern Africa. "We cannot find a solution for one or the other of these problems -- Namibia or Rhodesia -- without destroying the counter piece" he said.
Monsieur Rasolondraibe also read a telegram from the President of the South West Africa People's Organisation, Sam Nujoma, asking the council to recess for two weeks to give African Foreign Ministers a chance to participate in the debate on Namibia.