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    INTRODUCTION: Anger among black African counties has mounted over the recent collapse in Geneva of talks to end the conflict in Namibia (South West Africa) and pave the way for independence.

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    (MUTE) GV & PAN United Nations Security Council.

    SVs Representatives of new members, Uganda, Panama, Spain, Japan and Ireland. (5 SHOTS)

    (SOUND) SV Member for Niger, Ide Oumarou speaking in French.

    SV Member of Uganda, Olara Otunnu speaking in English.


    SEQ. 4: OTUNNU: "Let me note the deep disappointment my delegation feels that it was not possible to set dates for a ceasefire, and the implementation of the United Nations independence plan for Namibia. We also note, with deep satisfaction, that SWAPO was willing to proceed at the meeting in Geneva to sign a ceasefire and to agree on a target for the arrival of UNTAD in Namibia. However, as is clear to all delegations, the intransigence of South Africa made this impossible. Mr. President, I wish to pay tribute to SWAPO for the courage and the statesmanship they showed in accepting the United Nations plan, and in demonstrating their willingness to contest free elections, supervised by the United Nations. SWAPO has demonstrated a remarkable degree of patience in the face of uncalled-for provocation by South Africa and internal puppets. Our gratitude also goes to those involved in preparing and executing the meeting, especially the Secretary-General and his representatives, the Organisation of African Unity, the front-line states and Nigeria, and members of the western contact group."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Anger among black African counties has mounted over the recent collapse in Geneva of talks to end the conflict in Namibia (South West Africa) and pave the way for independence. They blame South Africa for refusing to sign a ceasefire that would end the fourteen-year-old guerrilla war. Last November, the UN General Assembly called on banks, multinational companies and other firms trading with South Africa to apply pressure by severing links with the country which has been banned from the Assembly since 1974. In a letter to Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim after the Geneva talks, South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha said the UN "had painted itself into a corner by improper bias in favour of SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation)" and must now rectify the situation.

    SYNOPSIS: But when the debate on Dr. Waldheim's report opened in the Security Council on Friday (30 January) it was not only African countries that were angered. New non-permanent members from Uganda, Panama, Spain, Japan and Ireland deplored the fact that no solution to the problem was found.

    M. Ide Oumarou, representative of Niger told the Council his delegation was sorry this session would not be devoted to a full debate on the new dimensions now posed by this important issue. He reserved the right, however to return later to say what action Niger would like taken to bring democratic independence for Namibia.

    M. Oumarou warmly welcomed the five non-permanent members and thanked them for their support and co-operation. Many countries including the Soviet Union called for decisive action to force compliance on South Africa. Others wished to review the situation first. Ugandan representative Mr. Olara Otunnu had scorn for South Africa and praise for SWAPO.

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