An all-party conference on independence for Namibia (South West Africa) ended in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on May 13, with delegates failing to agree on a final communique.
GV ZOOM INTO SV Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda speaking (English SOT) (3 shots)
SV Namibia's Christian Democrat Party Leader, Hans Rohr, speaking (English SOT)
SV South West African National Union (SWANU) General-Secretary Nora Chase speaking (English SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQUENCE 1): KAUNDA: "We met to discuss the future of Namibia, and naturally, our subject was very difficult, and rather complicated. Of course, we al knew this before we decided to meet. So for us here, I think we are very happy with what took place at the meeting, which has to identify each group's position, and from there, we should be able to take further steps, or take further measures, to try and organise other talks, at various levels. Emphasize 'various levels', I think it's a very important, operative word."
(SEQUENCE 2): ROHR: "Because we are one of the aligned parties, we're joining the SWAPO delegation here in Lusaka for these talks, so we are fully on the side of Namibia, that Resolution 435 must be implemented as soon as possible, starting with a ceasfire to get peace in our country."
(SEQUENCE 3): CHASE: "The South African delegation was demanding that the full SWAPO delegation and its allies be barred from attending the opening ceremony. Our SWAPO comrades, negotiating seriously, then made maximum demands, namely the Namibians cannot be stopped from attending a celebration of the opening of the peace talks concerning their country."
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Background: An all-party conference on independence for Namibia (South West Africa) ended in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on May 13, with delegates failing to agree on a final communique. President Kaunda, who hosted the conference, told reporters the talks has failed to achieve their objective because of the complexities of the issues at stake. The main item on the agenda was the implementation of a United Nations independence plan for the territory, which is ruled by South Africa in defiance of the U.N. President Kaunda made no mention of divisions between delegates The three-day conference brought together representatives from South Africa, and the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), which have been fighting for Namibia's independence for more than 18 years. The internal parties of Namibia - described by SWAPO as South Africa's puppets - were also represented. Long-standing hostility between the three groups surfaced during and after the talks. The leader of Namibia's Christian Democrat Party, Hans Rohr, told reporters his party was now aligning itself with SWAPO, and insisted that the UN plan be implemented. General-Secretary of the South West African National Union (SWANU) Nora Chase denounced South African delegates for demanding that SWAPO be left out of the opening ceremony. This, she said, was deemed unacceptable by SWAPO representatives. Under the UN plan, SWAPO, as the party most likely to win independence elections in Namibia, would have the right to introduce a constitution for the territory. South Africa argues that the constitution should be drafter and agreed upon beforehand.