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    INTRODUCTION: At the United Nations, South Africa's policy of racial segregation, known as apartheid, has again come in for criticism.

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    GV Special Committee against Apartheid in session.

    SV Maitama Sule, Nigeria speaking. (3 SHOTS)

    SV Security Council President Ismat Kittani speaking. (3 SHOTS)

    SV Kurt Waldheim speaking.


    SULE (SEQ. 2): "We meet today with a great sense of urgency because of the further escalation of repression against workers, students, journalists, and many others in South Africa. Six freedom fighters have been sentenced to death by the racist courts, and the lives of many others are threatened. There is need for urgent action."

    KITTANI (SEQ. 3): "The death sentences recently imposed on six freedom fighters is a matter of immediate and deep concern. These sentences were imposed under a series of security laws which make a mockery of the most elementary concept of justice and human rights. They allow an opponent of apartheid to be held indefinitely 'incommunicado' and without being charged and 'trialed'. In addition, the regime has recently passed laws further curbing the freedom of the Press in order to keep secret the names of persons detained or arrested under this infamous so-called terrorism act. It is essential that the United Nations continues its effort to focus world public opinion on such laws and practices of the South African government. It is also essential that member states demonstrate their genuine opposition to apartheid by severing their relationship with the South African regime."

    WALDHEIM (SEQ. 4): "There are few issues on which there has been greater unanimity in the United Nations, than in the condemnation of apartheid, and in the demand for the release of South Africa political prisoners, and for the repeal of laws which convert innocent acts into crimes. Moreover, there is a growing impatience at South Africa's failure to respond to the international demands. This was aptly evident at the international conference held in Paris last May. The situation is one of increasing gravity and its repercussions are being felt throughout the region. I am convinced that a resolution of the problem of apartheid can best be achieved through peaceful and constructive dialogue at the national level, on the basis of equality between leaders of all sections of the population. Our expression of solidarity with the political prisoners, of South Africa contains the message to the South African government that the United Nations will not relax its efforts until apartheid is eliminated."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: At the United Nations, South Africa's policy of racial segregation, known as apartheid, has again come in for criticism. The special Committee against Apartheid met on Monday (12 October). The Committee declared it a day of solidarity with South Africa political prisoners. Two speakers were the new Security Council President, Ismat Kittani, and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

    SYNOPSIS: First, Mr. Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Nigerian member of the committee, spoke:

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