INTRODUCTION: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has appealed to South Africa to reconsider its latest refusal to sign a Namibia (South-West Africa) cease-fire accord and permit UN-supervised elections in the territory.
SCUs & SVs South West African People's Organisation Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Theo-Ben Gurirab speaking in English to newsmen (3 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 1: GURIRAB: "We went to Geneva to make our serious contribution to an agreement on cease-fire, and to contribute to fixing a firm date for the replacement of UNCTAD. Those were the specific things that we agreed should be discussed at Geneva. The meeting failed, actually the meeting was wrecked by South Africa, thus confirming once again that South Africa has no intention to make a similar contribution thus allowing the process to begin. So the Geneva meeting, let the records indicate, was a total failure."
"We are calling for sanctions in the Security Council because we believe that sanctions are appropriate at this time. You will recall that already during the period of 1975-1976, Africans have been demanding Security Council actions by way of monetary sanctions. It was at that time that the five came to us and made the offer that we had not exhausted all the peaceful alternatives and hence the so-called Western initiative which led to Resolution 435. Now we believe that we have exhausted that path and we expect them therefore to be forthcoming in the Security Council. But in any case we are now deciding to take the matter to Security Council."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has appealed to South Africa to reconsider its latest refusal to sign a Namibia (South-West Africa) cease-fire accord and permit UN-supervised elections in the territory. A Geneva conference, convened to discuss arrangements to implement the plan which was drafted five years ago, ended in disagreement last week. That session produced the first face-to-face encounters of delegates of South Africa and the so-called internal parties in the territory with the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO). SWAPO has led a 10-year guerrilla war against South African rule in the territory and considers the internal parties to be South Africa's stooges. At Geneva the South African government delegation gave the leading negotiating role to the internal parties, whose representatives were unwilling to accept SWAPO's cease-fire offer. At a United Nations news conference on Wednesday SWAPO's Permanent Observer at the UN, Theo-Ben Gurirab, accused South Africa of wrecking the Geneva conference and called on the Security Council to adopt sanctions against South Africa over the issue.