On the second day of the United Nations Security Council debate on a resolution calling on the Council to condemn South Africa's "aggression" against Angola, Zambia, supporting the resolution, expressly called for the withdrawal of South African troops to their own country.
GV (MUTE) Delegates taking their seats
SV Zambian Ambassador speaking (SOUND)
KAMANA: "As was made clear by the representative of Angola in his statement, matters of not end with South Africa's withdrawal from that young country. The Security Council must take full account of the fate of South African intervention in Angola. That is the damage caused both in human and material terms. As this is obviously known, the Council must condemn South Africa in the strongest possible terms for the aggression it committed, and demand of it full respect for independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Angola. South African troops may have withdrawn from Angola, but have they gone to South Africa? There is silence from the Pretoria regime on this. I wish to stress here, that Namibia is not part of South Africa. It is an international territory South Africa has insisted on occupying illegally in spite of numerous resolutions by this august council and by the General Assembly, demanding its withdrawal. In the view of my delegation mr. President therefore, it would be impertinent for the Security Council to expressly require South Africa to withdraw from Angola--not into Namibia--but into South Africa itself. We have devoted many years to seeking........South African withdrawal from Namibia. We are determined that this objective be realised immediately, and that the people of Namibia, who have suffered for so long be enabled to exercise their rights to self-determination and independence. South Africa's withdrawal of its forces from Angola and Namibia would only confound the problem of Namibia, and surely South Africa cannot be exonerated seeing as its under an obligation to withdraw from namibia."
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This film includes a sound extract from Mr. Kamana's speech, a transcript of which is provided below.
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Background: On the second day of the United Nations Security Council debate on a resolution calling on the Council to condemn South Africa's "aggression" against Angola, Zambia, supporting the resolution, expressly called for the withdrawal of South African troops to their own country.
South African troops were reported on Saturday (27 March), to have left Angela. But during the debate on Monday (29 March) Zambia's U.N. Ambassador, Mr. Dunstan Kamana, said it was not enough to pull they troops back to Namibia (South West Africa). He said that the government in Pretoria had been silent on whether the troops had returned to their home republic.
Namibia (South West Africa), he said, was not a part of South Africa, but an international territory South Africa was illegally occupying despite the abrogation of its old League of Nations mandate by the U.N. General Assembly in 1966. Mr. Kamana is President of the U.N. Council for Namibia which was set up to oversee the administration of the territory following the abrogation of South Africa' mandate.
SYNOPSIS: On the second day of the United Nations Security Council debate on alleged South African aggression against Angola, Zambia's Ambassador, Mr. Dunstan Kamana, thought the issue also involved South West Africa -- Namibia.