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Namibia

Volume 33: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will take steps to invite the Contact Five group negotiating the terms of Namibian independence to resolve the impasse which results from disagreements on the parallel phased withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola.

No. The question of Cuban troops in Angola is not part of Security Council resolution 435 and does not therefore fall within the Five's mandate. But we remain in touch with our partners about ways in which individually we can contribute to moving the negotiations for a Namibia settlement forward.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the purchase value of United Kingdom Government owned properties in Namibia; and what was their location.

The total cost of the three houses owned by the Property Services Agency in Windhoek was 123,000 rand in 1978, then equivalent to £73,662. All three are close to the centre of Windhoek: two are within a few minutes' walking distance, and a third is 4 to 5 minutes' drive.