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    At the United Nations Saudi Arabia called on Tuesday (25 October) for the granting of independence to Namibia, the South African controlled territory also known as South West Africa.

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    SV PAN: security council of UN in session.

    SV: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Permanent Representative Jamil Baroody speaking in English.

    SV: security council in session.

    SV: Baroody seated

    SV: Radha Ramphul(Mauritius) speaking with Baroody listening.

    SV: debate in progress

    SV: Baroody reply with Ramphul listening ( 3 shots)

    BAROODY: "First of all, Namibia should be declared free so that any black who is disgruntled can go and live in Namibia. And I hear it has a lot of resources and sparse population. What is the idea of maintaining that mandate? There are no mandates any more. We should impress on Vorster and his ild, those who have the same views that he cannot keep Namibia under his rule."

    RAMPHUL: "I did not quite grasp what exactly he was proposing regarding the exchange of populations from South Africa to Namibia. Was the referring only to political prisoners, held by the racist regime of Pretoria, or was he referring to the 20 million indigenous and other non-white people of South Africa? In any case, I do not believe that the Charter of the United Nations contains any such solution as suggested by Ambassador Baroody. On the other hand, the four drafts the African member of this council do fall within the provisions of the charter. They contain peaceful measure. Incidentally, I wonder why Saudi Arabia whose wealth, resources and size are not by any means unequal to those of Namibia has not yet offered a homeland for the Palestinians? Such an offer will perhaps solve that other thorny problems."

    BAROODY: "Just because you want the situation to continue and with what result? With you resolutions, with all due respect, why do we say you out of all people. My good friend from Mauritius that I implied that the blacks from South Africa or the blacks, as if I said all the blacks from south Africa, should emigrate to Namibia. I said to show them goodwill is the first thing. We should do now is to liberate Namibia. And anyone who is disgruntled should go there and work for the liberation of the blacks who are there. Will you take the blacks to Mauritius if we try and liberate them? I don't think you dare because you are afraid they will upset your regime. You don't dare. Why drag in the Palestinians? This was an ill-chosen illustration."

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    Background: At the United Nations Saudi Arabia called on Tuesday (25 October) for the granting of independence to Namibia, the South African controlled territory also known as South West Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: The call was made by Mr Jamil Baroody, Saudi Arabia's deputy permanent representative at the UN during a debate on the question of Namibia. The territory has been ruled by South Africa under a League of Nations mandate revoked by the UN some 11 years ago.

    But Mr Radha Ramphul, of Mauritius, suggested that Saudi Arabia could help solve the Palestinian problem first.

    Mr Ramphul's suggestion did not go down well with Mr Baroody.

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