The South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) has accused South Africa and the Western powers of delaying Namibian independence.
CU Hidipo Hamutenya speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: HAMUTENYA: "We are saying that the five Western powers have been less than honest in conducting their negotiations, in particular in seeking to generate a false sense of hope that we are closer to a solution than we actually are. It is clear that in recent weeks South Africa has been pushing for yet another new excuse, a new delaying tactic, a new pre-condition before the UN plan for Namibia can be implemented and this is the so-called withdrawal and this is yet another excuse for South Africa to run away from the implementation of the UN plan. She has been doing that over the last five years, so therefore there is no ready ground for optimism that Namibia will soon see the implementation of the UN plan, and you'd then ushed into independence. We are saying that it is important that the record is put straight that it is going to be some time before we can really see the conclusion of the negotiation and the implementation of the plan. For now, the picture is rather a dim one. There is talk - double talk at that - on one hand, the five Western powers are supporting, throwing their weight behind South Africa and the USA in their attempt to arm twist Angola, and to blackmail Angola that it is Angola which is holding up Namibia's independence by not agreeing to the withdrawal of the Cubans. This is something which should not go unchallenged, which must be exposed. We are therefore calling upon the world press to expose the fact that it is South Africa, it is the USA who are delaying Namibia's independence and prolonging the agony and suffering of the people of Namibia by injecting into the negotiations extraneous issues: that is the demand for the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola. That us an issue belonging to the sovereignty of Angola and Cuba. The two countries have entered into an agreement and they alone should decide when and how to effect a withdrawal of the Cuban troops from Angola."
Background: The South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) has accused South Africa and the Western powers of delaying Namibian independence. Speaking in London on August 3, SWAPO's information chief Hidipo Hamutenya, said South Africa was trying to delay implementation of United Nations plans for Namibian independence by tying it to the issue of Cuban troops in Angola. Mr. Hamutenya said the presence of Cuban troops was as issue for Cuba and Angola to settle, and should not be linked to the Namibian issue.