The United Nations Security Council approved the Western Plan for the independence of Namibia on THURSDAY,(27 July) including the resolution calling for the integration of Walvis Bay into Namibia.
CU OF Sam Nujoma (SWAPO Leader) listening to and answering reporter's questions in English.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "It appears that Walvis Bay is a major area of dispute. Mr. Botha has said that the Walvis Bay resolution is totally unacceptable. What sort of give do you see on that issue, if any?"
SEQ. 1: NUJOMA: "Well as far as SWAPO is concerned, and the Namibian people, Walvis Bay has been and will remain forever, an integral part of Namibia."
REPORTER: "Now, if this cannot be settled, the struggle I presume, would continue?"
NUJOMA: "Well, certainly as far as SWAPO and the Namibian people are concerned, there is one struggle to fight and liberate each and every inch of Namibia, including Walvis Bay."
REPORTER: "May I ask you this please, the resolution I understand calls for free elections. What sort of parties would be participating in those free elections?"
NUJOMA: "Well, SWAPO will definitely fully participate in the elections and there is no doubt that the people of Namibia will vote for SWAPO and SWAPO, after being voted into power, will create and establish a democratic government in Namibia, a government that will serve the interests for the Namibians, irrespective of their colour, or race, or places of origin. Of course, our government will do away with all colonial oppression, racial discrimination, and exploitation of men by men. Namibia mineral resources will be utilised for the benefit of all Namibians."
REPORTER: RICHARD WATT
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Background: The United Nations Security Council approved the Western Plan for the independence of Namibia on THURSDAY,(27 July) including the resolution calling for the integration of Walvis Bay into Namibia. This provision was denounced by the South African Foreign Minister, Mr. Pik Botha, who said it threatened the whole settlement. But the President of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), Mr. Sam Nujoma, told newsmen outside the UN that Walvis Bay had always been considered an integral part of an independent Namibia. He spoke to Visnews reporter Richard Watt.