A representative of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) addressed the United Nations Security Council on Friday (1 December), when it considered the current situation in Namibia.
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"Mr. President, as you yourself can testify, it is common knowledge that it is when they are pressed to end their colonial domination and exploitation that imperial and colonial powers always find it necessary to demand additional time to prepare their colonial subjects for self-determination and independence. The object in truth, however, is that it was never the intention of colonialism. The same is the truth with respect to South Africa's policy concerning Namibia. That being the case, Mr. President, the Namibia people remain uninterested is such deceptive colonial gimmicks. We of the South West Africa People's organisation are proud for having been faithful to the wishes and aspirations of our people. Time and again we have told the United Nations Organisation that Namibian people want an immediate and to the South African Government's illegal administration in Namibia."
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Background: A representative of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) addressed the United Nations Security Council on Friday (1 December), when it considered the current situation in Namibia. The Council is examining ways of enabling Namibians, who are now administered by South Africa to find self-determination and independence.
The speaker was Mr. Peter Mueshihange, SWAPO's Secretary for Foreign Relations. He said that, in contrast to the U.N.'s definition of independence as a decision for all his people to determine their own future, South Africa saw the future as partitioning Namibia into separate ethnic "homelands."
During his speech Mr. Mueshihange expressed solidarity with all anti-imperialist forces "especially the heroic people of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Palestine, so-called French Somaliland, Spanish Sahara, Comoro Islands and anti-imperialist forces in Latin America as well as our brothers and sisters in North America."