The President of the South African People's Organisation - SWAPO - has acknowledged that the organisation is receiving 'concrete', material support' from the Soviet Union.
SV: President of South African People's Organisation, Sam Nujoma, out of car, greeted, and entering Soviet Asian-African Solidarity Committee building - Moscow, U.S.S.R.
SV INTERIOR: Nujoma walking up stairs.
CU: Nujoma talking to reporter. (in English)
REPORTER:"Mr. Nujoma - a few words about the struggle of the people of Namibia, and international solidarity with this struggle."
NUJOMA: Well, the people of Namibia, under the banner of SWAPO, are waging a bitter war of liberation against the fascist and racist regime of South Africa, which is illegally occupying Namibia. During the past six years, we have intensified armed liberation struggle, because we believe that the main burden of the liberation struggle of Namibia have to be carried out by the Namibians themselves. They are the ones who have to go through hardships, sufferance, and even to make more greater sacrifices in order to ensure total liquidation fascist South Africa, colonial administration, in our country, and achieving national liberation. On the other hand, I must say that we have been able to continue and intensify the armed liberation struggle as well as political and mass mobilisation with the concrete, material support from the Soviet Union, other socialist countries, as well as from the progressive international and national organisations in the capitalist world, and from the independent African states, members of the OAU.'
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Background: The President of the South African People's Organisation - SWAPO - has acknowledged that the organisation is receiving 'concrete', material support' from the Soviet Union. Mr. Sam Nujoma, speaking in Moscow during a visit to the Soviet Union, said the 'armed liberation struggle' in Namibia has been intensified with the support of the Soviet Union and 'other socialist countries.'
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Nujoma, who leads SWAPO from exile in Britain, was in the Soviet capital at the invitation of the Soviet-Asian-African Solidarity Committee. His visit came shortly after a United Nations committee went to South Africa for talks on Namibia's future. South Africa intends holding an election in the territory next year, but SWAPO has refused to take part. Instead, said Mr. Nujoma it would continue its guerrilla war.