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        General Assembly
6 November 1987

Forty-second session



Held at Headquarters, New York,

on Friday, 6 November 1987, at 3 p.m.

Question of Namibia

President: Mr. FLORIN (German Democratic Republic)

later: Mr. KOUASSI (Vice-President) (Togo)
later: Mr. FLORIN (President) (German Democratic Republic)

- Question of Namibia [36] (continued)

(a) Report of the United Nations Council for Namibia
(b) Report of the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
(c) Report of the Secretary-General
(d) Report of the Fourth Committee
(e) Draft resolutions
(f) Report of the Fifth Committee

The PRESIDENT (interpretation from Russian): The next speaker is the Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. I call on him in accordance with General Assembly resolution 3237 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974.

Mr. TERZI (Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)) (interpretation from Arabic): The General Assembly is now discussing a crucial question - a question that represents one of the many facets of colonialism, occupation and racism. It is no less abominable than the other facets. In fact, what is happening in Namibia is an exact replica of what is happening in Palestine. The apartheid regime's aggression, occupation, racism and fascism in southern Africa are in no wise different from the practices of Israeli Zionism in occupied Palestine and the West Asian region. There is a close relationship between the two racist regimes so far as the crimes they have committed and their violations of human rights are concerned.

On 4 November 1987, on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the October revolution, a meeting was held in Moscow between representatives of the Party and of the national liberation movements. It was opened by Comrade Gorbachev. Mr. Yassir Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and commander-in-chief of the Palestinian revolutionary forces addressed the meeting and said the following, inter alia:

"It is my hope that we shall see one day a world without any monopolies, a world that is rid of colonialism, racism, fascism and Zionism. How can Peace obtain in Africa at a time when the situation in South Africa is deteriorating daily, when the Pretoria regime pursues its evil policy against the South African people, when the occupation of Namibia continues, when there
is still aggression against the front-line States and their peoples?

"Here, on the soil where the great October revolution took place, we reaffirm our support for and our complete solidarity with the South African and Namibian peoples and the front-line States in their resistance to the racist Pretoria regime."

We Palestinians are completely behind our fellow combatants in Namibia and South Africa. That is a position of principle that has been reaffirmed by our National Council at successive sessions - particularly the eighteenth session, held in Algiers in April 1987 - in the following way:

"Privileged relationships unite us with the heroic African national liberation movements, recognized by the Organization of African Unity - and in this particular case, the African National Congress (ANC), the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). These co-operative relations exist at all levels, particularly the levels of
our common struggle and political support. The battle we are waging against the Zionist entity in Palestine is the same as that waged by all men of conscience throughout the world. The battle waged by the peoples in South Africa and Namibia is also the same as that waged by all men of conscience throughout the world. The enemy is the same in both cases. The allies of the Zionists in Palestine are also the allies of the racist Pretoria regime. A victory by the South African people will be a victory by the Palestinian People. The reverse is also true: a victory by the Palestinian people will be a victory by the South African and Namibian peoples.

"We could not fail on this occasion to express again our principle and our solidarity with and support for the African
States in their struggle against the racist, aggressive South position of front-line African regime."

The relationship - be it ideological, political or economic - between the two' racist régimes, apartheid in Pretoria and Zionist in Tel Aviv, is very well known. Thus, it is no accident that last Wednesday, 28 October 1987, the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency voted unanimously to elect Mendel Kaplan, a businessman from South Africa, as its next Chairman. Mr. Kaplan Still lives in Cape Town. It is a well-known fact that the Jewish Agency was created in the 1928 as the executive instrument of Zionism. The Zionist fund-raisers for Israel could not have made a better choice for that post in order to ensure the continuation of the close links between the two racist régimes.

The General Assembly is called upon, now and not later, to adopt action-oriented, doable decisions to ensure the immediate implementation of the will of the Namibian people and the international community - namely, the termination of foreign occupation by the Boer racist regime, thus enabling the Namibian people to exercise its right to self-determination without any external interference or intervention and to establish its independent Namibian State.

Security Council resolution 435 (1978) established the plan for the independence of Namibia. However, the Pretoria regime has shown neither respect for nor readiness to carry out that decision, thus defying the relevant principles of the Charter.

In the search for a peaceful solution and out of a sincere desire to put an end to the miseries afflicting the Namibian people, the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), the authentic representatives of that people, has declared
its readiness to carry out the provisions of Security Council resolution 801 (1987), which, inter alia, called for a cease-fire as the first step towards the implementation of the relevant United Nations resolutions and towards bringing,, peace to the area.

We, the representatives of the Palestinian people, share with our brethren the Namibian people the resolute determination to achieve peace, but the price of peace cannot and should not be the abandonment of our rights. The Namibian people will
continue their legitimate struggle by all means. Occupation and military adventurism by the occupying Power, namely, the regime in South Africa, engender resistance. The denial of the right to self-determination and independence of the Namibian people is the root cause that should be addressed. This Assembly is duty-bound to uphold the call for a cease-fire agreement between SWAP0 and South Africa, the occupying Power. It is up to the Pretoria regime to respect and carry out that call otherwise the Security Council will have no choice but to impose comprehensive mandatory sanctions. At the same time the Namibian people will have no choice but to pursue and escalate their legitimate struggle, including armed struggle.

Let the people of Namibia live in peace and freedom. Let the Namibian people pursue the happiness and safety of their children - enough of massacres. Let the children of Namibia look forward to clear, bright skies and safe prospects for the future. Enough is enough. Give the Namibian people a chance to develop and not to live in fear of more massacres and acts of genocide.

Let the peoples of the front-line States mobilize for their welfare and development and the security of their children and not to deplete their resources in confronting the continuing aggression by the racists of Pretoria and their agents. Let us put an end to the destabilization designs of the bloodsuckers.

Let the Namibian resources, including diamonds, be for the benefit of the Namibians and not for the pursuit of aggression by the racist regimes in Pretoria and Tel Aviv.

To our comrades-in-arms and fellow freedom-fighters, SWAPO, we reaffirm our resolute support for and militant solidarity with the Namibian people. The struggle continues.

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