The reintegration of Walvis Bay and its Penguin/off-shore island into Namibia

Kodisang, J.M. (1996) The reintegration of Walvis Bay and its Penguin/off-shore island into Namibia. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The thesis focuses upon the final reintegration of Walvis Bay and its twelve Penguin/Off-Shore Islands into Namibia. As Namibia's only deep water port, it escaped reintegration in 1989 when the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 435 (1978) was implemented. Hence the study argues that the exclusion of Walvis Bay from the Settlement Plan falls outside the parameters of various UNSC and UN General Assembly Resolutions, viz 385 and 432 of 1976 respectively. Such an arrangement has to be looked at as Pretoria's non-compliance with the above resolutions. South Africa got away with such an arrangement with the blessing of the Western Contact Group of Nations, i.e the United States; Britain; (former West) Germany; France and Canada. The argument advances further to capture the sudden emergence of Walvis Bay as a dispute between the National Party regime and the African National Congress (ANC) in particular. The dispute came about when the National Party submitted a controversial constitutional proposal during South Africa's transition to democracy at Kempton Park. They were proposing Walvis Bay to constitute part of the new Western Cape province in the postapartheid South Africa. Namibia's diplomacy paid off when the return of Walvis Bay was agreed upon as it became entangled in the constitutional talks for South Africa's transition to democracy at Kempton Park in 1993-1994.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Walvis Bay, Integration, Penguin Islands, Offshore Islands, United Nations Security Council Resolution, UNSCR, Settlement plan, South Africa, Western Contact Group of Nations, National Party, African National Congress, Dispute, Constitutional proposal, Kempton Park, Constitutional talks
Subjects:J Political Science
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Political Studies and International Studies
Supervisors:Southall, Roger
ID Code:3906
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:31 Oct 2012 14:41
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