Algeria's Ambassador to France, Mohamed Sahnoun, told a news conference on Monday (13 October) it was hoped Namibia would take its seat at the United Nations by September next year.
SV Algerian Ambassador to France, Mohamed Sahnoun speaking in English.
GV Journalists taking notes.
SV Mohamed Sahnoun speaking in English.
SAHNOUN: "We have agreed that we will wait for the results of the mission which the Secretary General is sending on the twentieth of October to Namibia. This mission, which will be the Secretary General's mission, will have to discuss with the South African government the various steps to implement the United Nations plan on Namibia. What we would like to say is that we are here in full support of the Secretary General's mission, and we would like to tell South Africa that the international community wants it now to deal with this mission and to achieve a concrete result and a rapid result with this mission. We will not accept any delaying tactics,, I repeat again. A unanimous view was that Namibia should take its seat on September 1981 in the United Nations, in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
"The feeling we had after the meeting with all of the permanent representatives of these various states which comprise the contact group is that they agreed fully with us that the time has come when South Africa should respond to the initiatives of the United Nations, to the decisions of the United Nations, and that the stand of South Africa on this last mission from the Secretary General will, would have to result in some concrete result, otherwise they would be also in a situation where they would have to think, to deal with us, with African states as to what kind of measures should be taken against South Africa. Our impression is that there was a positive attitude as far as this mission is concerned from the Western group, Western contact group, and that they decided to heed the appeal of the international community and to show South Africa their own will to see to it that the UN plan on Namibia is implemented as soon as possible."
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Background: Algeria's Ambassador to France, Mohamed Sahnoun, told a news conference on Monday (13 October) it was hoped Namibia would take its seat at the United Nations by September next year. Mr. Sahnoun stressed that unless South Africa took positive steps in response to United Nations' decisions the Security Council would unanimously call for the implementations of sanctions.