A United Nations team arrived in Lusaka, Zambia on Wednesday (12 March) for talks with officials about U.N. proposals aimed at bringing peaceful independence to Namibia (South West Africa).
SV U.N. Team off aircraft and greeted by officials at Lusaka airport (2 shots)
GV Party walks across tarmac
SV INTERIOR U.N. Under Secretary-General Mr. Brian Urquhart speaking at news conference in English
URQUHART: "Now we have come to inform the Zambian Government of our talks in Cape Town, and how we see the situation. It's been understood, I think, that we all have the same objective in mind here -- which is to try now to press on with the peaceful settlement of Namibia province. You mentioned Zimbabwe, it certainly is a very major factor obviously in everybody's thinking about the developments in this part of the world. I very much hope personally, as the leader of this mission, that the tide is a favourable one, and that we can find ways by which everybody concerned in Namibia can take that tide in the right direction, and can proceed now to the peaceful settlement, which we have been talking about for so long. It's very difficult because everybody has their own anxieties and ......... difficulties about this problem, and it's our job in the United Nations to see how we can find means by which everybody can agree for going ahead in the confidence that their own fears will not be realised, and that their main interests will be protected."
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Background: A United Nations team arrived in Lusaka, Zambia on Wednesday (12 March) for talks with officials about U.N. proposals aimed at bringing peaceful independence to Namibia (South West Africa). U.N. officials have already had talks here on the military aspects of the demilitarised zone that the United Nations proposed as a buffer between South African troops and Nationalist guerrillas. The guerrillas, members of the nationalist movement SWAPO (South West Africa Peoples Organisation), are fighting from bases in southern Angola and Zambia to expel the South Africans from Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: The nine-member team, containing the U.N. Special representative for Namibia/SWA, Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, and General Prem Chand, has had several meetings in South Africa, Botswana and Angola. U.N. Under Secretary-General, Brian Urquhart said he thought the team had made a little progress.