The President of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, told visiting United States Ambassador Andrew Young in Lusaka recently that his guerrillas would continue to fight for the liberation of Namibia.
CU SWAPO President Sam Nujoma speaking (2 shots)
NUJOMA: "The people of Namibia consider that Walvis Bay is part and parcel of Namibia, and it has to remain like that. Whether the imperialists want it or not, we will continue to intensify the armed liberation struggle, and liberate each and every inch of Namibia including Walvis Bay. That position of the people of Namibia is clear. There is no body on earth, no power on earth that can change that position. With regard to the role of the United Nations, we still insist that the U.N. special representative must have the veto power, or rather administrative powers, as well as an adequate U.N. peacekeeping force able to maintain law and order, and also to disarm the citizen forces, the boer commandos, and tribal armies, and the entire South African armed police forces, must also be disarmed, because they are part and parcel of the army. And therefore they must be disarmed, and put under direct commandership of the U.N. peacekeeping force."
The South African Government has agreed to independence for Namibia, but wants to retain its troops on the territory's northern border, at least until a new constitution and administration has been established. It has also stated that it will not waive its contested sovereignty over the port of Walvis Bay. The five Western members of the U.N. Security Council, the United States, Britain, France, West germany and Canada were due to meet the SWAPO leadership again in Lusaka on Thursday (30 March), to present their latest independence package to them. Their hope is that both SWAPO and the South African Government can be persuaded to compromise on their respective standpoints regarding Namibian independence.
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Background: The President of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, told visiting United States Ambassador Andrew Young in Lusaka recently that his guerrillas would continue to fight for the liberation of Namibia. Mr. Young, the United States U.N. Ambassador, has been trying to win acceptance of a Namibian independence package prepared by the five Western members of the U.N. Security Council. But in a subsequent interview in Tanzania, Mr. Nujoma stressed that SWAPO would continue fighting the South African security forces in Namibia until every inch of the territory had become totally independent.