asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the current state of negotiations between the contact group of the five Western démarche powers and South Africa over independence for South-West Africa (Namibia).
Following the visit which I and the other Foreign Ministers of the Five made to Windhoek and Pretoria in October the United Nations Secretary-General and the South African Foreign Minister will be holding discussions in New York on the 27th of November. I hope that this will result in further progress towards the independence of Nambia following the holding of United Nations supervised elections, next year.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the present situation with regard to Her Majesty's Government's efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement in Namibia; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Melton (Mr. Latham).
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he will now propose in the Security Council to enforce the United Nations plan for free elections and independence for Namibia.
The Secretary-General is expected to meet the South African Foreign Minister in New York on 27th November. I hope their discussions will result in further progress towards independence in Namibia following the holding of United Nations supervised elections next year. Until we know the outcome of those discussions, further Security Council action would not be appropriate.