The United Nations mission in Namibia (South West Africa) on Tuesday ( 8 August) started a series of talks with political parties.
SV SWAPO supporters demonstrating outside Safari Motel
SV Daniel Tjongarero with demonstrators (2 shots)
SV INT SWAPO delegation led by organiser and Vice President Daniel Tjongarero (bearded, with glasses) shake hands with and sit opposite Mr. Ahtisaari and his delegation (3 shots)
CU EXT SWAPO information secretary Thlabanello speaking in English to newsmen (2 shots)
CU INT Mr. Ahtisaari receives Namibian National Front party members. (First man not known, second: Advocate Hans Berker, third: Secretary General Brian O'Lynn, forth man unknown) with President of NNF, Justice Garoeb (left) making introductions
CU PAN EXT FROM Justice Garoeb TO Advocate Hans Berker replaying to reporters' questions
SV INT Mr. Ahtisaari greeting members of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance Party
SV PAN INT FROM Mr. B. africa ACROSS Mr. D. Mudge and Mr. Riruako TO Pastor Ndjoba seated at table
THLABANELLO (SEQ 4): "Well, one of the things that is commonly known is apart from the fact that identification is not needed or asked for when people come here and there have been quite a lot of people who have been forced to register and this has been used as pro DTA or South African....propaganda. What is important here is that we have proof. As I have said since Saturday there have been aliens who have been registering because there is no control as to whether a man really does qualify."
REPORTER: "Do you feel that they're the sort of people you could work for?"
THLABANELLO: "Oh yes, we feel, we have confidence that should there be goodwill on both sides we will implement the proposals."
REPORTER: "Do you think he is a man who you would regard as competent for this kind of mission?"
GAROEB: "Yes, for the time being we feel he is competent enough to manage."
REPORTER: "Have you any views on that?"
BERKER: "No, I would go along with that."
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Background: The United Nations mission in Namibia (South West Africa) on Tuesday ( 8 August) started a series of talks with political parties. The leader of the mission, a former Finnish diplomat Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, is preparing a report on independence proposals for Namibia drawn up by five western nations. Mr. Ahtisaari met first with members of the internal wing of the nationalist South West Africa people's Organisation -- SWAPO. He followed this meeting by holding similar discussion with Namibia's liberal Namibian National Front and the conservative Democratic Turnhalle Alliance.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of cheering SWAPO supporters had gathered outside the Motel in Windhoek where members of the United Nations mission were staying.
Mr. Daniel Tjongarero, Vice President and organiser of SWAPO'S internal wing greeted the crowd before he and his delegation met Mr. Ahtisaari and members of the U.N. mission.
The meeting was mainly to allow the U.N. team the chance to learn more about SWAPO. They also discussed the question of alleged irregularities in the compiling of electoral roles for the planned pre-independence elections. After the meeting SWAPO publicity secretary Mokganedi Thlabanello explained:
Mr. Ahtisaari's third meeting was with members of the liberal Namibian National Front including Advocate Hans Berker -- second from right -- and Secretary General Brian O'Lynn -- second from left. Afterwards NNF President Justice Garoeb and Advocate Berker spoke with newsmen about Mr. Ahtisaari's mission.
Mr. Ahtisaari's third meeting of the day was with officials of the conservative Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, SWAPO'S main political rivals in Namibia. One of the Mr. Ahtisaari's main tasks during the meetings was to convince both the D.T.A. and the N.N.F. of United Nations' impartiality. Both parties have expressed fears that the U.N. might be more sympathetic to SWAPO because it has already recognised the nationalist movement as the sole representative of the Namibian people.