• Short Summary

    The leader of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, on May 9 pressed for a ceasefire in Namibia (South West Africa), where his organisation is engaged in protracted independence struggle against South Africa.The SWAPO president was speaking in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on the eve of talks with President Kenneth Kaunda, the administrator-General for Namibia, Dr.Willie Van Niekerk, and representatives of six Namibian internal parties.Mr.Nujoma said he hoped South Africa was ready to sign a ceasefire, which is the first phase of UN Resolution 435 on Namibia.The resolution, voted by the Security Council in 1978, also envisages independence elections for the territory, which South Africa rules in defiance of the UN.Pretoria has so far refused to sign a formal ceasefire, saying it has not declared on SWAPO, but is merely defending the Namibian territory from attack.South Africa has also refused to agree to peace talks until an estimated 25,000 Cuban troops leave neighbouring Angola.For its part, SWAPO has until now refused to talk to the political parties in Namibia, which it regards as Pretoria's puppets.

  • Description

    1.
    SVs SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma, seated with members of his delegation at news conference at Lusaka airport. (2 SHOTS)
    0.06

    2.
    SVs Nujoma speaking. (SOT) (3 SHOTS)
    1.42


    NUJOMA: (SEQ 2)"SWAPO is dedicated to the implementation of Resolution 435. We participated in the deliberations of the resolution, before it was adopted. So if South Africa, it is South Africa, that is playing delaying tactics by trying to bring in the linkage and allow extraneous issues such as Cuban troops withdrawal from People's Angolan Republic, and things like this, before the implementation of Resolution of 435. If by charity of the United Nations, South Africa claims that the UN is pro-SWAPO, but I hope that this time, South Africa will not repeat the same delaying tactics. SWAPO demands independence now, and not tomorrow. And if it comes via the implementation of Resolution 435, well and good. In the absence of a genuine negotiated settlement, armed struggle will be the only effective way to lead our people to genuine freedom and independence. I think we have the stamina and determination to fight and liberate our people."





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    Background: The leader of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, on May 9 pressed for a ceasefire in Namibia (South West Africa), where his organisation is engaged in protracted independence struggle against South Africa.The SWAPO president was speaking in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on the eve of talks with President Kenneth Kaunda, the administrator-General for Namibia, Dr.Willie Van Niekerk, and representatives of six Namibian internal parties.Mr.Nujoma said he hoped South Africa was ready to sign a ceasefire, which is the first phase of UN Resolution 435 on Namibia.The resolution, voted by the Security Council in 1978, also envisages independence elections for the territory, which South Africa rules in defiance of the UN.Pretoria has so far refused to sign a formal ceasefire, saying it has not declared on SWAPO, but is merely defending the Namibian territory from attack.South Africa has also refused to agree to peace talks until an estimated 25,000 Cuban troops leave neighbouring Angola.For its part, SWAPO has until now refused to talk to the political parties in Namibia, which it regards as Pretoria's puppets.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6TVR9IXKEY0I93HS030KMJ46D
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TVR9IXKEY0I93HS030KMJ46D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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