Continued tensions and unrest in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and Namibia (South West Africa)...these were the bleak?
GV EXTERIOR Conference building in Belgrade.
LV INTERIOR Delegates in chamber.
SV U.N. Council for Namibia representative, Noel Sinclair (Ghana) speaking in English.
CU Delegates listening. (2 SHOTS)
GV Sinclair speaking.
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Delegates.
SV British Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Robert Farquharson, speaking in English.
SV Delegates listening. (3 SHOTS)
SV Farquharson speaking.
GV Conference in progress.
SV Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe representative, J. L. Nkomo, speaking in English.
SV Delegates listening. (2 SHOTS)
SV Nkomo speaking.
SV Nkomo speaking.
SINCLAIR: "Mr. Chairman, (Rhodesian white leader Ian) Smith has not (South African Prime Minister Pieter) Botha. The illegal South African occupation regime has been resorting to increased violence and devious manoeuvres to perpetuate its illegal occupation of Namibia and to continue its policies of exploitation of the human and natural resources of the territory. The year 1979 is the international year of solidarity with the people of Namibia."
FARQUHARSON: "If the deadlock is not broken soon, there is a danger that the time for negotiations will pass. Neither side at present has the means to bring the war to a rapid end. The prospect would therefore be of a protracted and increasingly bitter conflict, which would inflict a great suffering on the people of the region as a whole. No responsible government can view such a prospect with equanimity. Any chance of averting it by a peaceful settlement should be given the wholehearted support of all countries concerned with the Southern Rhodesian problem."
J.L. NKOMO: "In both Zimbabwe and Namibia, the apartheid South African regime is not prepared to see genuine independence. She is openly inciting both regimes to ignore world opinion, and now is on record as saying she will proceed to establish a military lager that will incorporate and defend what she calls moderate......states of Rhodesia and Namibia -- a euphemism for puppet regimes. South Africa says whether or not these regimes have the support of the West, let alone the African and socialist countries, is of no consequence to her. Mr. Chairman, this decision by South Africa is a challenge by all peace-loving people, and a slap in the face of all efforts towards the achievement of peace in the world in general, and in southern Africa in particular. This realignment of oppressive regimes will signal the start of more bloodshed in southern Africa, and a new chapter in the history of that region."
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Background: Continued tensions and unrest in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and Namibia (South West Africa)...these were the bleak themes expressed on Tuesday (24 April) by several speakers at the conference of the United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-Four in Belgrade. The committee, which is charged with investigating decolonisation, began a week-long conference in the Yugoslav capital on Monday (23 April).
SYNOPSIS: Inside the conference hall, the representative of the United Nations Council for Namibia, Mr. Noel Sinclair, of Ghana questioned South Africa's intentions for Namibia.
The British Ambassador in Belgrade, Mr. Robert Farquharson, said his government wanted fresh negotiations in Rhodesia.
Mr. J.L. Nkomo, of the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe, was sceptical of South African intentions.