When the United Nations General Assembly debate on Namibia (South west Africa) resumed on Tuesday (12 December), many delegates predicted last week's balloting in the territory would result in a `puppet' administration taking order from South africa, and that the plan for UN-supervised elections would be rejected.
GV INTERIOR United Nations General Assembly in session
CU Ghanaian permanent representative Frank Boaten speaking in English
CU Delegates seated
CU Nigerian permanent representative Leslie Harriman speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: BOATEN: "Mr. President, we require no special effort in imagination to realise that the whole scope of Pretoria's intentions is to have the Turnhalle Council Assembly veto the UN plan, rubber-stamp a constitution `Made in South Africa', and proceed to a unilateral declaration of independence. Such a fait accompli would be South Africa's final act of defiance and contempt towards the United Nations."
SEQ. 4: HARRIMAN: "South Africa now talks about fixed date of UN elections, parties concerned, composition of our side, and other outstanding points, in quotes. If we fix a date for elections, what are the guarantees that we have that South Africa will not create intentionally hitches in order to make the elections a fait accompli, and to circumvent their dread for SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) playing a part in the elections? Mr. President, I have no doubt that, early next year, South Africa is likely to accept once more the proposals contained in 435, (a resolution proposing -- in part -- UN- supervised elections) but with build-in pressure points to enable it to ensure that SWAPO rejects eventually the state of play at a later stage."
The General Assembly will meet next year to hold a full-scale debate on Namibia under a draft resolution circulated at the Assembly on Tuesday (12 December). The long draft, dealing with various aspects of the territory, left the date of the resumed session to be decided by the presidents of the Assembly and UN Council for Namibia, plus the Secretary-General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim. This, and other resolutions dealing with Namibia and South Africa's racial policies, called on the Security Council to impose mandatory economic sanctions on South Africa, including an oil embargo.
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Background: When the United Nations General Assembly debate on Namibia (South west Africa) resumed on Tuesday (12 December), many delegates predicted last week's balloting in the territory would result in a `puppet' administration taking order from South africa, and that the plan for UN-supervised elections would be rejected. Delegate after delegate called for mandatory economic sanctions against South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The U.N. had rejected the election called by South Africa. Among those dubious of South Africa's intentions was Ghana's representative, Mr. Frank Boaten.
Another sceptical voice: Mr. Leslie Harriman of Nigeria.