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Transcript 7986


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Hawke, Robert

Period of Service: 11/03/1983 to 20/12/1991

More information about Hawke, Robert on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 21/03/1990

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 7986

The people of Namibia celebrate their attainment of
independence today. On this historic occasion I have sent
the following message of congratulations to President Sam
Nujoma. " Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on the attainment
of the independence of your country. I share your joy and
satisfaction on this truly historic occasion and on behalf of
the people of Australia I wish you and the people of
Namibia peace and prosperity for the future.
Australia has had the welcome opportunity to assist your
country in its transition to freedom and independence through
our humanitarian and educational assistance through the years
and our provision of army personnel, electoral experts and
observers to the United Nations Transition Assistance Group.
I am confident that on this solid foundation the relationship
between our two countries will develop further in the years
to come.
Let me also extend to you a warm welcome on your joining the
Commonwealth. I look forward to fruitful cooperation between
our countries in this important forum, particularly in our
efforts to bring about an early end to the abhorrent system
of apartheid in South Africa.
The thoughts of Australians are with you and the Namibian
people as you celebrate the achievement of your hard-won
~ reedom."

Transcript 7986