SUBJECT: Namibia's Continuing Crisis

by Edward May, Lutheran World Ministries
New York, New York, United States
May 6, 1981
Publisher: Lutheran World Ministries
16 pages
Memorandum to the Standing Committee on World Community/LWM (Lutheran World Ministries), Staff of LWM, LWM Students from Namibia in the USA, and others. The memorandum says after South Africa sabotaged the Preimplementation Meeting in January there seems to have been an agreement that the next move was up to "The West," with the tacit understanding that the Frontline States and Nigeria had "delivered SWAPO" but the Contact Group had not "delivered South Africa." The memorandum discusses UNITA, Jonas Savimbi, and Soviet arms supplies. It includes the text of a telex from Lutheran World Federation in Geneva about Namibian refugees in Angola. Copies of newspaper articles are including: "UN vote on S. Africa sanctions could split US, Europe" and "It's now 'sink or swim' for UN's Law of the Sea treaty" by Louis Wiznitzer, "Allies Accept A New Plan On Namibia, U.S. Urges Changes In Present Accord To Reassure S. Africa" by John M. Goshko, "Namibia: Will it look like Austria, Finland?" by Louis Wiznitzer, "Crocker Carried Warning on Namibia Talks" by Dan Oberdorfer, "U.S. Said to Tie Namibian Freedom To a Cuban Pullout From Angola" by Juan deOnis, "U.S. Joins in U.N. Veto on South African Trade Ban" and "At the U.N., the 'Co-Called Third World' Turns Real" by Bernard D. Nossiter, "Wide Discontent With Botha Seen In S. Africa Vote" by Carle Murphy, "Zimbabwe: after one year, two nations" by Elaine Windrich, and "NAMIBIA DEBATED IN CROCKER CONFIRMATION HEARING." The articles discuss Chester A. Crocker, the Security Council, Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr., Resolution 435, President Reagan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), President Samora Machel, Prime Minister Pieter W. Botha, South African Foreign Minister Roelof (Pik) Botha, Senator Jesse Helms, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Soviet Union, China, Uganda, Niger, the Philippines, Tunisia, Mexico, Panama, Ireland, Spain, oil, Japan, the National Party, the Herstigte National Party, Andries Treurnich, Jaap Marais, the Progressive Federal Party, Dawie de Villiers, Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, Jean J. Kirkpatrick, the Carter Administration, Angolan Foreign Minister Paulo Jorge, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, Ian Smith, the Rhodesian Front, Eddison Zvobgo, Nathan Shamuyarira, and Cuban and Soviet forces in Angola. The memorandum includes a newspaper editorial "Namibia's Time." • Washington Post Editorial -3 May 1981 • OTHER ITEMS • Counsel Sought • Your Comments Are Invited
Used by permission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections