by Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
January 27, 1989
The newsletter reports that United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar issued a report which sets out the UN plan for independence for Namibia and the Secretary-General proposed cutting virtually in half the size of the world body’s UNTAG group which is to monitor the election process in Namibia and that the Council of Churches in Namibia sent an urgent appeal for UNTAG's size not to be reduced. The newsletter includes the text of a memorandum to the Secretary General of the United Nations from The Rt. Rev. Hendrik Frederik (President, Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN), The Evangelical Lutheran Church), Dr. Abisai Shejavali (General Secretary, Council of Churched in Namibia), The Rt. Rev. Bonifatius Hayshiku (Roman Catholic Church), The Rt. Rev. James Kauluma (Anglican Diocese of Namibia), The Rev. Bartolomeus Karuaera (African Methodist Episcopal Church), The Rev. K. Shuuya (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia), and The Rev. J. Massey (The Methodist Church of Southern Africa). The newsletter includes a Communiqué issued by the Co-ordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Countries opposing reduction of the military component of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) and a press statement by the Africa Group at the United Nations opposing severe reductions of the budget for the preparations leading to the independence of Namibia. The newsletter includes newspaper articles including: "Luanda alleges secret 'Renamo' plan" by Anton Harber, "Peace breaks out … but Namibia's call-ups continue" by Mark Verbaan, and "Terror of the crowbar" by David Beresford. The newspaper articles discuss the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), UNITA, the SADF (South African Defence Force), the South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF), the National Union of Namibian Workers, the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, and Koevat. Contents: NAMIBIA- The Struggle for independence at the United Nations • Communiqué on the question of Namibia, issued by the Co-cordinating Bureau of Non-Aleigned Countries on 23 January 1989 • Press statement issued in New York on 20 January 1989 by the Africa Group on Namibian Independence
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Leon Spencer Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections