INTRODUCTION: A leader of the guerrillas fighting for the independence of South African-ruled Namibia (South West Africa) on Friday (5 June) said that communism posed no threat to Southern Africa.
SV SWAPO Administrative Secretary Moses Garoeb speaking as newsmen listen. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 1: GAROEB: "We in SWAPO are convinced, and we have been convinced for some time now that there is a conscientious... conscientious is not the right word to sue, but there is a vicious plan that has no (INDISTINCT), between the five Western countries and some others, to first completely render Resolution 435 if not ineffective, to destroy it completely, and by that process to effectively exclude the United Nations from a decolonisation of Namibia. I think that everybody knows about this now. The discussions that have taken place between General Haig and the South African Foreign Minister, and the subsequent leaking of the documents have vindicated us in this context. Now what is SWAPO's position? We believe that there is no need, repeat, no need to quote 'strengthen' unquote, as is said by the Western countries to the Resolution 435. There is no need for that. There is only one plan and only one effective plan to carry out the decolonisation of Namibia peacefully as stated in Resolution 435. That being the case SWAPO will fight any attempt by anybody from any quarter to either strengthen or to complement, as some of the phrases have been thrown around, Resolution 435. In other words what I am saying is that we are not going to be a party, to be a party in terms of fighting, to any tampering of Resolution 435."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A leader of the guerrillas fighting for the independence of South African-ruled Namibia (South West Africa) on Friday (5 June) said that communism posed no threat to Southern Africa. Moses Garoeb, Administrative Secretary of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), told a news conference at the United, SWAPO was convinced there was a vicious plan' to destroy a 1976 Security Council resolution paving the way for Namibian independence. And he warned SWAPO would fight any attempt by Western countries to 'strengthen' or 'complement' the Security Council plan embodied in Resolution 435.