A Tanzanian Minister yesterday (Monday) told the United Nations Committee on Colonialism his country was outraged by the refusal of Britain and the United States to join the committee's current tour of Africa.
A Tanzanian Minister yesterday (Monday) told the United Nations Committee on Colonialism his country was outraged by the refusal of Britain and the United States to join the committee's current tour of Africa. He's Mr. Stephen Muhando, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
Britain and the United States declined to join the 24-nation committee's 21 other member members because they said the tour -- which has already taken it to Lusaka and Kinshasa to hear petitions from African liberation movements -- was a waste of United Nations Funds. Australia resigned from the committee last January, accusing it of engaging only in polemics.
Committee chairman, Mr. Mahmoud Mistiri, of lunisia said the seven years since the committee first visited Dar es Salaam had not brought much closer a peaceful solution of the Southern Africa colonial problem.
He said Britain's failure to end the Rhodesian rebellion, the use of force by the Portuguese in Mozambique, Angola and Portuguese Guinea, and South Africa's defiance of the U.N.'s authority in South-West Africa (Namibia) had created a crisis "which endangers the peace and security of independent Africa."
Mr. Mahmoud Juld Aly of Mali, speaking on behalf of the Committee's African members, said they had been shocked by the repression to which petitioners from South-West Africa, Rhodesia and the Portuguese territories had been subjected.
The committee did not hear any petitions from liberation movements at its opening session but a conference source said they could be heard at a later date.