At the United Nations, the Security Council is debating whether to impose mandatory sanctions on South Africa for proceeding with unilateral elections in Namibia.
MV Angolan Ambassador to United Nations, Eliso de Figueiredo, addressing Security Council
DE FIGUEIREDO: "South Africa has left for itself a number of options. For example, it has deliberately not answered many of the vital questions raised by the Secretary General's report of the 24th of November, 1978. Further, what is to prevent South Africa from signing that so-called parties concerned do not accept this, or that, proposal -- meaning of course that Pretoria does not accept this or that proposal. What is to prevent South Africa from staging another Kassinga, just as much as appear to move forward. As it is the racist General, Jannie Geldenhyus, commander of the racist troops in Namibia is, according to today's reports, saying that the number of incidents involving freedom fighters in October was the highest since May and one of the highest since April, 1966. In actual terms Mr President, we are no further along than we were in May this year, when South Africa sabotaged the forward movement by carrying out a murderous assault inside Angola. And what is to prevent South Africa from doing the same again? Mr President, the de-colonisation process for Namibia is far from complete. Neither the United Nations, nor those governments which have been involved in the process can consider their work done. In fact, it is now more important than ever that the Western Five, who have been undertaking negotiations, should continue with their task, not only of seeking further clarification from South Africa, but also ensuring that South Africa honours the outcome of those negotiations. In the same spirit, while we appreciate the work of the Secretary-General, we also appeal to him to continue negotiations and consultations. As for us, we continue to support SWAPO, recognised not only by the Organisation for African Unity but also by the United Nations as the authentic representative of the Namibian people. Phalanx upon Phalanx of SWAPO's comrades will rise to their aid. South Africa cannot hope to quell the tide for genuine independence in Namibia. The people of Namibia will never be satisfied by sha
m elections and a puppet body."
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Background: At the United Nations, the Security Council is debating whether to impose mandatory sanctions on South Africa for proceeding with unilateral elections in Namibia. The debate, which began on Monday (4 December), was requested by African members of the 15-nation body. The Angolan Ambassador to the United Nations, Eliso de Figueiredo, described the elections in Namibia -- which are supervised by South Africa -- as a sham.