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    The Special Representative from the United Nations is making final plans to visit Namibia (South West Africa) following the invitation from the South African Government on Monday (31 July).

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    SV AND CU: South African UN representative, Ambassador Adriaan Ecksteen, talking in English with newsmen listening and taking notes. (2 shots)

    SV AND CU: SWAPO leader, Sam Nujoma listens to question and then answers (3 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: ECKSTEEN: "I've just had a conversation with the Secretary-General and I handed him the letter. In that he will see that we are re-stating our position very very clearly as far as Walvis Bay is concerned, to make it abundantly clear that we reject Resolution 432, and that we do not consider ourselves bound by that Resolution. On the fourth page of the letter, the fourth and last page, he informs the Secretary-General that the South African Government would wish to satisfy itself that the letter and sprit of the proposal will indeed be honoured, such as the provisions concerning the maintenance of law and order, the presence of South African forces and the functions, deployments, size and compositions of United Nations military personnel and observers, as well as the commitment that the elections would be held before the end of '78."

    REPORTER: "Mr Nujoma, how many bases do they have, the South Africans have in Walvis Bay?"

    SEQ. 2: NUJOMA: "Well, in Walvis bay the South African Government have navy, infantry and airforce. Not only in Walvis Bay but also in Namibia. There is more than 60,000 troops and as far as we know, South Africa has more than a division in Walvis Bay, and this is being extensively expanded now. We have no objection to the U.N. operations in Namibia, but we have expressed our views how we would like the, we would to see the United Nations' Special Representative will have the overall control of the administration during the transitional period, and not the so-called South African Administrator-General, because he's there to oppress the Namibian people. For example, since he was appointed, he has issued many proclamations and State of Emergencies, which empower himself to detain (indistinct)...members of SWAPO without trial, as well as registrations of so-called voters."



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    Background: The Special Representative from the United Nations is making final plans to visit Namibia (South West Africa) following the invitation from the South African Government on Monday (31 July). Mr. Martti Ahtisaari of Finland will be accompanied by between 40 and 50 experts on his tour of Namibia, which has been administered by South Africa for more than sixty years. His task will be to see how the latest Western-backed United Nations' plan for Namibia's independence can best be put into effect. The leader of the main Namibian nationalist group, SWAPO, Mr. Sam Nujoma, said on Monday (31 July) that prospects for free democratic elections in the territory were increasingly doubtful. South Africa's Ambassador to the United Nations, Adriaan Ecksteen, handed the formal invitation for the visit to the U.N. Secretary General, Mr. Waldheim, It was contained in a letter from South Africa's Foreign Minister and stressed that the South African Government would have to decide whether the Representative's report was acceptable to them. One of the major points of difference between the South African's and the United Nations is the latest resolution on Walvis Bay, a South African enclave inside Namibia, which the U.N. says should become part of Namibia. As Ambassador Ecksteen explained to newsmen, the South African position was reinforced in the letter of invitation.

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