In Namibia -- South West Africa -- Judge Marthinus Steyn, the South African appointed Administrator General, speaking at a Rotary Club dinner in Windhoek on Friday (16 June) has urged the leader of SWAPO, the South-West Africa People's Organisation, Mr.
CU Judge Marthinus Steyn, Administrator General of Namibia speaking at Rotary Club in Windhoek (6 shots)
STEYN: "We are facing each other, sir, today over a chasm of violence. It is a chasm which has in it an evil potential of immeasurable harm, loss of life and liberty, loss of quality of life, loss of human material, loss of material, which is, all of which is, such necessary building materials for the edifice of the state that we are capable, should we be able to really cooperate equally together for the acquisition of the freedom that you mentioned sir, that we need to build that edifice with. And once again, I say to him, powerful leader of the organisation that these, a bridge has been built across that chasm. It is a bridge that is contained in the western proposals, a bridge of the peaceful interaction between human minds differing, but differing fruitfully and not destructively to come together, devise a solution for the way to liberty and construct a state in which it can be durable. Once more I ask you sir, cross that bridge and come to me."
SWAPO has already said it rejects the United Nations proposals for the future of Namibia. The proposals it objects to are, 1. That South Africa be left with its entrenched administration over the whole country, 2. that South Africa's large police force is to be left intact and in charge of law and order during the transitional process, 3. that South Africa is to be allowed to have 1,500 combat troops based in Namibia and that South Africa's claim to the disputed Walvis Bay is tacitly accepted by the Security Council. In a document according to the London "Observer", SWAPO officials say they don't reject all the proposals, but that those they do object to would allow South Africa to control and influence the outcome of the transitional process of Namibia's independence. The Western plan, accepted by South Africa, proposed UN supervision of elections a 'substantial' but unspecified UN military force to police the transition and the reduction of the number of South African troops in Namibia to 1,500. Although it makes no mention of Walvis Bay, SWAPO believe it tacitly accepts the South African claim. SWAPO insists Walvis Bay is an integral part of Namibia.
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Background: In Namibia -- South West Africa -- Judge Marthinus Steyn, the South African appointed Administrator General, speaking at a Rotary Club dinner in Windhoek on Friday (16 June) has urged the leader of SWAPO, the South-West Africa People's Organisation, Mr. Sam Nujoma to use the United Nations Security Council Proposals as a basis for talks. He urged Mr. Nujoma to use the proposals as a bridge to constructive discussions.