NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 18, 1981
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(Studio) United Nations Sec. Council reported beginning debate on proposed boycott of South Africa aimed at forcing South Africa to grant independence to Namibia.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(NYC) Namibia's guerrilla war, between USSR -backed SWAPO and South Africa, examined; economy importance of country to United States defense industry noted. No. of Cuban troops in Angola arming and supplying SWAPO forces; South Africa's support for Jonas Savimbi's guerrilla organization, UNITA, cited. Reagan administration reported seeking abolition of Clark Amendment, which forbids United States from helping UNITA; consequences of guerrilla war for Namibia outlined. [S. African deputy United Nations ambassador David STEWARD, SWAPO United Nations representative Ben GURIRAB - debate validity of SWAPO.] Gurirab's defense of SWAPO and pessimism about Reagan admin. outlined.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin