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Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when representatives of the British Government last visited Namibia; whom they met; and what conclusions were reached from the visit.

Her Majesty's ambassador in South Africa visited Namibia on 9–13 March. He met, inter alia, leaders of the Namibian internal parties, the Administrator-General and representatives of the British business community. The visit enabled him to assess the latest political, economic and social developments in the territory.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's Government will make representations condemning the South West Africa People's Organisation and its President Sam Nujoma for the placing and detonation of a bomb in Ondangwa post office, Northern Namibia, on 31 December 1984 which killed four civilians and for which the President of the South West Africa People's Organisation has claimed responsibility.

We condemn this incident, just as we condemn all acts of violence in Namibia, whether committed by SWAPO or by the South African security forces or others. SWAPO is well aware of our views. We continue to work for the implementation of the United Nations settlement plan which offers the only prospect of an end to the cycle of violence in Namibia.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the demands of the internal parties of Namibia for the establishment of a written constitution agreed by all Namibian parties to protect minority tribes' rights prior to any United Nations supervised elections.

The United Nations plan for a Namibia settlement, which alone has been agreed by all the parties, provides for free and fair elections to a constituent assembly which will draw up a constitution for an independent Namibia. Under this constitution the fundamental rights of all Namibians after independence should be protected in accordance with the constitutional principles accepted by all the parties and set out in United Nations Document S/15287 of 12 July 1982. We continue to believe that the United Nations plan provides a basis for a settlement which would meet the legitimate interests of all Namibians.