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    A delegation of South West African politicians is currently visiting Britain to seek support for their claims that they are the true representatives of the territory.

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    SVs & CUs members of delegation (5 shots).

    SV reporter asks question

    PAN TO Chief Clemens Kapuuo who answers

    SV Reporter asks question

    PAN TO D.F. Mudge answering

    SV Chairman P. Kalangula.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER VOICE-OVER: "This delegation ...."

    KAPUUO: " ... recognise SWAPO."

    INTERVIEWER: This delegation was coldly received in New York and at the United Nations. Do you therefore consider your visits there a failure?

    HERERO TRIBAL CHIEF CLEMENS KAPUUO: It is not right to say that we were coldly received in the United States. There were many places in the United States where we were well received.

    INTERVIEWER: For example, the United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim would not see you. The Zambian Ambassador, speaking on behalf of most of the African nations, said he did not recognise your delegation. Is that not a cold welcome?

    KAPUUO: Well we did not for instance ask to see the Secretary General and I am hearing for the first time this statement by Zambia.

    SEQ. 3: INTERVIEWER: Two major bodies, the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity, have officially rejected this delegation as not being representative of the people of South West Africa. Does this not make you feel isolated?

    WHITE SWA REPRESENTATIVE D.F. MUDGE: We do not feel isolated because the major powers like the United States and the United Kingdom were prepared to see us.

    INTERVIEWER: This delegation is regarded by the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity as a group of `Uncle Toms' white men's servants, who willingly accept their position at the bottom of society. This is their view. What do you say to this?

    KAPUUO: My answer to that is that the United Nations and the OAU are ignorant of the situation inside South West Africa if they hold the view that we are not the true representatives of the people of South West Africa. And there is no proof from anyone who says we are stooges and supporters of the South Africa Government.

    INTERVIEWER: Can you settle the future of South West Africa without SWAPO who are officially recognised by the rest of the world?

    KAPUUO: My personal view is that it is not right for the so-called rest of the world to recognise SWAPO.

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    The delegation was interviewed in London by Visnews Africa Editor, William L. Ward, and this film is serviced with part of that interview, a transcript of which follows:

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A delegation of South West African politicians is currently visiting Britain to seek support for their claims that they are the true representatives of the territory.

    In an interview in London, they denied that they were stooges of the South Africa Government.

    But they were quoted as saying earlier that the South African presence was needed in their country to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

    The delegation is part of a 156-strong team attending a conference on the constitutional future of their country in Windhoek, the territory's capital.

    The conference, which is in recess, was called by South Africa in defiance of a United Nations order to grant immediate independence to South West Africa.

    A former German colony, South West Africa was entrusted to South Africa by the now defunct League of Nations. Since then, both the United Nations General Assembly and the International Court of Justice have declared illegal South Africa's administration of the territory.

    The United Nations Council for Namibia is charged with administering the territory and, together with the Organisation of African Unity, has recognised SWAPO, the South West African People's Organisation, as the only authentic representative of the territory. But South Africa has frequently refused visas for United Nations' personnel to enter South West Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: A delegation to the South West Africa constitutional conference currently in recess is in Britain to seek support for their claims to be the true representatives of South West Africa. William L. Ward spoke to members of the delegation at a London news conference.

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