INTRODUCTION: The United Nations-sponsored conference on Namibia ended on Wednesday (14 JANUARY) with an appeal by the United Nations Chairman Mr.
SV Democratic Turnhalle Alliance delegate Katuutire Kaura speaking in English, cutaway to journalists listening, back to Kaura speaking (3 shots)
GV journalists (mute)
SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma speaking in English
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 1: KAURA: "SWAPO is not fighting South Africa, it's not even fighting our troops, the indigenous troops of Namibia. They are killing innocent women and children through the indiscriminate laying of landmines. As far as we are concerned, they are just thugs and roving gangs and bandits and thieves and rapists. As far as we are concerned SWAPO is not a liberation movement whatsoever. Whoever supports it is supporting a band of thugs who kill seven-year-old, seven-month-old babies. They have killed more local indigenous men women and children through the indiscriminate laying of land mines than they have killed even our fighting forces or event the South African forces. And this is the liberation movement to which all the credibility is given so we don't care. We are prepared to go on. You see at this particular point they are protected by the South African police because if we had a free go, if we could do it African style, you would not have a single SWAPO member in Namibia within the next six months. We could wipe them out just like this. But the South African police, in trying to maintain law and order, keeps SWAPO in Namibia to continue killing our people through the laying of land our people through the laying of land mines. A poor person goes to the city and struggles for five years and buys himself a run-down jalopy, an old car, and he goes back to Onovambo and it is blown to bits and he is dead on the way to a market to go and sell his vegetables. That is the organisation which is blown up by the international community as struggling for freedom in Namibia. They are struggling for nothing. They are killing the people who supposedly they are going to liberate. So as far as we are concerned, we don't care. If SWAPO does not want to sign, we go back and fight. And we can beat them this time. We can beat them at the ballot box, any day. We can beat them in the field, any day. If the South African police can get out we will beat SWAPO immediately. We'll do it the African way. You wouldn't have any SWAPO in Namibia".
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 3: NUJOMA: "Definitely there is no progress. Because up to this conference since the opening of this conference only SWAPO has made its position clear and the commitment that it's ready to sign a cease-fire with the South African delegation and also prepared to cooperate with the United Nations' efforts to implement the Security Council Resolution 435. So far up to this moment we have not heard from the South African delegation as to whether the Pretoria regime will accept implementation of Security Council Resolution 435 or is ready to sign a ceasefire so the process of decolonisation of Namibia can continue or proceed".
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations-sponsored conference on Namibia ended on Wednesday (14 JANUARY) with an appeal by the United Nations Chairman Mr. Brian Urquhart for some delegations to review their positions quickly. The eight-day conference had failed to set a date for a cease-fire in the 14-year guerrilla war being waged by the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) for the independence of Namibia. The United Nations had called for the conference in an attempt to implement its resolution no. 435 which calls for the early independence of Namibia through UN-supervised elections after achieving a cease-fire. The talks broke down over the UN's recognition of SWAPO as the authentic voice of Namibia. South Africa and the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) have accused the UN of being biased. They have said that no agreement can be reached on UN-supervised elections until the UN recognises all the parties in Namibia as equals. The DTA's Mr. Katuutire Kaura warned that if SWAPO was not prepared to take his party on in elections then the DTA would beat them at their own game-war:
SYNOPSIS: SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma warned that his organisation would now step up the war, but he told reporters on Tuesday (JANUARY 13) that SWAPO was not responsible for the breakdown of the talks.