In Zambia, the leader of the South West African Peoples Organisation, (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, has denied reports that SWAPO was ready to abandon the United Nations-sponsored independence plan for Namibia.
SV SWAPO Leader, Mr. Sam Nujoma talking to reporter
REPORTER: "What is your position as regards the negotiated settlement which is being forwarded by the United Nations?"
NUJOMA: "Well simply that SWAPO is ready, and is ready for full participating in the political, diplomatic process intended to find a negotiated settlement, for the Namibian problem. We are binded to the United Nations Security Council, with a view to ... (indistinct)...a resolution, the resolution that would be passed by the Security Council, would reflect the popular political aspirations of the Namibian people."
REPORTER: "Because we have it here that you have said that as a result of the raid on the 23rd of August, that you are going to abandon the negotiated settlement which is being headed by the United Nations, because South Africa is not doing the same."
NUJOMA: "Well certainly, armed liberation struggles, political and diplomatic struggles, are equally important, and have to be carried out simultaneously. Therefore we are participating in both military and political struggles. SWAPO is not going to abandon the armed liberation struggle, nor it will abandon the negotiated settlement. We are going to pursue this with vigour and determination, to see to it that South African colonialism, oppression and exploitation is liquidated over Namibian territory, and that Namibia achieves genuine freedom and independence."
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Background: In Zambia, the leader of the South West African Peoples Organisation, (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, has denied reports that SWAPO was ready to abandon the United Nations-sponsored independence plan for Namibia. It has been reported that following a South African raid into an area of Zambia used as a base by SWAPO guerrillas, Mr. Nujoma has said he was ready to pull out of the latest negotiated settlement plan. But in an interview in Lusaka, he said while it was true the armed liberation struggle would continue, he was not going to abandon the negotiated settlement.