The newsletter says negotiations on a settlement of Namibia independence between the five Western power's - the United States, Britain, France, West Germany and Canada - and the South African regime have been going on for two and a half years; Pretoria has ostensively resisted acceptance because of its dread that Namibia's liberation movement, SWAPO, would prevail in any free and fair elections. The newsletter includes the text of the reply by the South African Prime Minister dated 15 March 1979 addressed to the Secretary-General. The newsletter reports on a concentration camp at which several hundred or Angolan and Namibian prisoners of war are kept. The report includes a list of names of people who have been kept there. The newsletter includes a copy of a letter by the Council of Churches in Namibia to Justice M T Steyn and an Open Reply to the Open Letter. The newsletter includes a copy of a letter from Colin O'Brien Winter, Bishop of Namibia in Exile, Namibia International Peace Centre, to The Foreign Secretary, London. The newsletter includes the text of letter from the Council of Churches in Namibia to the Administrator General of South West Africa Professor Gerrit Viljoen signed by Bishop Kleopas Dumeni, Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church; Bishop James Kauluma, Anglican Church; Bishop Rudolf Koppmann, Roman Catholic Church; The Rev Paulus Gowaseb, Evangelical Lutheran Church; and The Rev Andries van der Westhuizen, African Methodist Episcopal Church. The newsletter includes a report by Dr. Wee visited, Namibia as official representative of the Lutheran Churches, in the United States at the consecration on 17 June 1979 of the Right Rev. Kleopas Dumeni, who has succeeded Bishop Leonard Auala as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church in Namibia. The letter discusses/includes information on P.W. Botha, Hardap Dam, Mariental, Karakul sheep farms, General Magnus Malan, Major General Jannie Geldenhuys, Brigadier A.J. C. Gouws, SWAPO, Roelof (Pik) Botha, UNTAG (United Nations Transitional Assistance Group), Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Major General Hannes Philipp, the South Africa Defence Force (SADF), AG 9, Oshakati, Ovamboland, the Home Guards, Martti Ahtisaari, UN Security Council Resolution 435, Cyrus Vance, and John Vial. Contents: NAMIBIA • THOSE SWAPO BASES IN NAMIBIA: SOUTH AFRICAN REGIME CHOKES ON ITS OWN WORDS • THE REV DR PAUL WEE, GENERAL SECRETARY, LUTHERAN WORLD MINISTRIES, the USA NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION, writes about a recent trip to NAMIBIA • The Ecstasy and Agony of Namibia • OPEN LETTER TO THE ADMINISTRATOR-GENERAL JUSTICE M T STEYN, DATED 8 MAY 1979
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