- Title: NAMIBIA: TROOPS CONTINUE WITH PULLOUT AS PART OF PROPOSED PEACE ACCORD
- Date: 16th March 1989
- Summary: NAMIBIA: ONDANGWA, SVS AND GV officer briefing men on pullout (3 shots) 0.10 SVS Soldiers secure and climb into armoured trucks (3 shots) 0.28 CU PULLBACK TO GV, SV PAN TO GV Armoured trucks leaving base (2 shots) 0.54 SVS AND GV Armoured vehicles drive down road (3 shots) 1.15
- Embargoed: 31st March 1989 13:00
- Location: Namibia, Namibia
- Country: Namibia
- Topics: Conflict,General
- Reuters ID: LVA6MVNDDAB9JWQJQ558TLW0LDAZ
- Aspect Ratio:
- Story Text: ONDANGWA, NAMIBIA
The South African Defence Force (SADF) continued with their pullout from Namibia as part of a proposed peace accord due to take hold April 1. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of military hardware as well as an estimated 40,000 troops are being withdrawn.
Barracks and bases were stripped and long convoys of trucks and armoured vehicles began moving south. United Nations Resolution 435 specifies that troops of the SADF have to withdraw from Namibia within twelve weeks of implementation of the settlement plan.
All of the convoys headed for Grootfontein, a massive logistical base for the South Africans where trains wait to be loaded for the 1500 kilometre journey back to South Africa.
Members of the U.N. monitoring force started to arrive on Friday and the full compliment of 5000 should be in place by April 1. A U.N. monitoring group are to oversee that the elections held in the country are free and no intimidation occurs from any quarter.
The SADF will level a residual force of 1500 men who will be confined to bases at Grootfontein and Oshivelo. They must leave upon certification of the election results in the first week of November.
<strong>Source: REUTERS JOHANNESBURG</strong>
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2013. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None