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Namibia and the United Nations: The Role of the United Kingdom

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Namibia obtained independence on 21st March 1990, becoming a member of the British Commonwealth. This ended a period of more than thirty years of United Nations (UN) administration over Namibia. This was a strikingly prolonged struggle for independence at a time of speedy decolonisation elsewhere. Only months before in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1989, Margaret Thatcher announced at a press conference concerning Namibian independence and the elections, that it was ‘vital that the whole international community should respond decisively’, and that it was ‘essential that the authority of the United Nations should be upheld’ . She also stated that ‘We have always played a very constructive role, because that is our way’ . Thatcher’s public statement declared support for the UN, as many other public statements by the British government had previously done, but was this an accurate reflection of British policy in relation to Namibia?
This paper will investigate whether the interaction between the UK and the UN regarding the case of Namibia was as straight forward as the quote above suggests. By tracing Namibia’s long and winded path to Independence, we will be able to understand more fully, Britain’s changing relationship with the UN.
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Fernandez McCann, Mairead. "Namibia and the United Nations: The Role of the United Kingdom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, Mar 16, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p502011_index.html>

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Fernandez McCann, M. , 2011-03-16 "Namibia and the United Nations: The Role of the United Kingdom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p502011_index.html

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Abstract: Namibia obtained independence on 21st March 1990, becoming a member of the British Commonwealth. This ended a period of more than thirty years of United Nations (UN) administration over Namibia. This was a strikingly prolonged struggle for independence at a time of speedy decolonisation elsewhere. Only months before in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1989, Margaret Thatcher announced at a press conference concerning Namibian independence and the elections, that it was ‘vital that the whole international community should respond decisively’, and that it was ‘essential that the authority of the United Nations should be upheld’ . She also stated that ‘We have always played a very constructive role, because that is our way’ . Thatcher’s public statement declared support for the UN, as many other public statements by the British government had previously done, but was this an accurate reflection of British policy in relation to Namibia?
This paper will investigate whether the interaction between the UK and the UN regarding the case of Namibia was as straight forward as the quote above suggests. By tracing Namibia’s long and winded path to Independence, we will be able to understand more fully, Britain’s changing relationship with the UN.


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