One of the world's largest, driest and least-populated regions is caught up in the eye of an international political storm. How the issue is resolved will have great bearing on the future of not only all southern Africa but the economic well-being of the entire Western world. One would think that South West Africa-more commonly known these days as Namibia - would be the most unlikely area of the world to be embroiled in a dispute of major international importance. On the surface, Namibia should not demand such high level attention. It is one of the world's most arid and under populated regions. Yet, zero hour is approaching for those who must determine which form of independence the territory will take.
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