Magazine article UN Chronicle

Brazzaville Seminar Asks Action on Namibia

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Brazzaville Seminar Asks Action on Namibia

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The Security Council should be convened urgently to ensure the implementation of Council resolution 435 (1978) containing the United Nations plan for the independence of Namibia.

That recommendation was made by participants in a seminar on the intensification of international action for the immediate independence of Namibia, held at Brazzaville, Congo, from 25 to 29 March. Participants in the seminar--organized by the United Nations Council for Namibia and hosted by the Government of the Congo--included representatives of non-governmental organizations and national support groups, parliamentarians, trade unionists, scholars and experts from academic institutions, prominent personalities, and representatives of United Nations Members and United Nations bodies from around the world.

Alexandros Vikis (Cyprus), Chairman of the seminar, said South Africa had been encouraged in persisting in its intransigent attitude by the cooperation extended to it by its major Western allies, particularly the United States, in the political, economic, military and nuclear fields.

Andimba Toivo Ja Toivo, Secretary-General of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), told the meeting that some Western countries had been applying double standards when it came to taking sanctions against countries which violated human rights. The United States had imposed sanctions against Iran, Nicaragua, Cuba and Poland; why was it so for some countries and not in the case of Namibia? he asked.

The seminar called for the imposition of comprehensive mandatory sactions under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. …

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