Fourie, took the floor in the continuing Security Council debate on the issue of independence for Namibia (South-West Africa). As delegates trooped out of the chamber when Mr. Fourie and his aides walked to their places at the horseshoe table, Akparode Clark, the Nigerian representative, who is chairman of the UN special committee against apartheid, said it was an organized boycott.
In Washington, the State Department said the US would strongly oppose any attempt to impose economic sanctions against South Africa in an effort to speed the independence of Namibia.
Meanwhile in London, five Western governments met to discuss the thorny issue of Namibian independence. The hurriedly arranged, two-day meeting opened at the US Embassy in London soon after US special envoy Chester A. Crocker, designated as US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, arrived there from Nigeria after an 11-nation African tour.
And in Lisbon, the black nationalist, guerrilla movement fighting for independence in Namibia rejected US proposals for altering the UN independence plan for the territory, according to the Angolan news agency Angop. A communique from the South-West Africa People's Organization simultaneously expressed the guerrillas' determination to continue the armed struggle until al l of Namibia was free, Angop said.