HC Deb 09 February 1978 vol 943 c642W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the United Kingdom supported United Nations General Assembly resolution 32/9 H which called for a special session in April 1978 of the General Assembly on the question of Namibia; if he will himself attend such a special session; and what proposals he will lay before it to ensure the ending of the illegal occupation of Namibia by South Africa.

Mr. Luard

The United Kingdom, together with the United States, Canada, France and the Federal Republic of Germany, abstained on this resolution because, in view of the discussions on the future of Namibia in which they are involved, it would have been inappropriate to register a specific approach to the question of a special session. My right hon. Friend will consider the questions of attending a special session, and of laying before it any proposals on the ending of the South African occupation of Namibia, in the light of circumstances at the time.