The Namibian issue has also been handled by various subsidiary bodies appointed by the General Assembly from time to time. South Africa refused to negotiate with the committee and offered instead to negotiate with France, the United Kingdom and the United States, as the three remaining powers in the United Nations that had awarded the mandate after the First World War. South Africa, which had always refused to recognize UN authority over Namibia, would then be directly responsible to the three powers and not to the United Nations. The Security Council has also had an important role in the problem of Namibia. The data in the foregoing paragraphs has been presented to give an idea of the dimensions of the United Nations' involvement with the problem of Namibia. South West Africa People's Organization armed struggle may in the long run have unsettling effects upon the South African government and produce changes in the attitude of whites themselves within Namibia.