Foreign Ministers of the African Frontline states, which border on South Africa, met in Lusaka on Saturday (23 January) to review the situation in Namibia (South West Africa).
GV EXTERIOR Mulungushi Hall, Lusaka
SCU INTERIOR Kenyan Foreign Minister Robert Ouko
SCU Mozambiquan Foreign Minister, Joaquim Albert Chissano
SCU Sam Nujoma, President of SWAPO
SCU Nigerian Foreign Minister, Professor Ishaya Audu
SCU Chairman of meeting, Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Salim Salim speaking
TRANSCRIPT OF SHOT NO. SIX. SALIM SALIM: "A free Africa, on whose behalf the 'raison d'etre' of the activities of the Frontline States exist, has always opted for negotiated solution wherever conditions for negotiations are possible. It is in this context that one of our primary tasks in our meeting in Lusaka today would be to consider the latest proposals submitted by the western five with respect to the constitutional principles in respect to the Namibian question. Our meeting is a logical follow-up of the meeting of the foreign minister of the Frontline States, Nigerian and Kenya, with the active participation of SWAPO, held in Dar-es-Salaam last November. From November to now, a number of things have happened, and it will be our opportunity to view those things, both developments within Namibia and developments in respect to the efforts currently being made for the implementation of Security Council resolution 425."
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Background: Foreign Ministers of the African Frontline states, which border on South Africa, met in Lusaka on Saturday (23 January) to review the situation in Namibia (South West Africa). The meeting was chaired by Salim Salim, Tanzanian Foreign Minister, who is Chairman of the Frontline States. Sam Nujoma, the leader of the South West African Peoples' Organisation (SWAPO) which is fighting the South African government for control of Namibia, was also present. mr. Salim said that the meeting would consider the latest proposals of five nations in the western contact group, the United States, Britain, France, West Germany, and Canada. They have proposed a Parliament for Namibia with half the candidates elected by proportional representation and half directly elected. SWAPO had demanded that all members be elected on a system of proportional representation. But the South African authorities insists on a number of reserved seats for their supporters.