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    Nigeria has served notice that countries wanting its trade had better trim their ties with South Africa.

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    MV Chairman of the Special Committee against Apartheid Mr. B. Akporode Clark (Nigeria) speaking in English with Nigerians listening (3 SHOTS)

    GV Assembly

    MV Swedish delegate Mr. Anders Thunborg speaking in English (2 SHOTS)

    CLARK: "But one thing is certain. Those western governments and transnational corporation which through offers of capital, technology, equipment and political support, have assisted South Africa to acquire nuclear capability bear a heavy responsibility to history. A few days after the frightful news came reports that South Africa armed forces have again attacked Angola and Zambia. If the motive was to intimidate those states in the Frontline trenches of the present war in Southern Africa, the South African marauders were woefully mistaken. Those African states were born from the fire of the African liberation war. They cannot therefore be frightened by the logic and consequences of that war. The damage done is merely to the image and the credibility of the United Nations which always responds to the repeated, premeditate and persistent attacks of aggression by South Africa."

    THUNBORG: "In order to achieve maximum pressure against the apartheid regime, it may be necessary to consider however, the contribution which a total cut off of all nuclear co-operation with South Africa could make as a part of a programme of economic sanctions decided by the Security Council. It is that consideration which must include a balanced judgement of, on the one hand the persuasive value of sanctions in a sector particularly sensitive to South Africa's economy and on the other, the risks to the region and to the world of South African acting without the ties of international safeguards and developing on its own a military, nuclear capacity. Mr. President that pressure on Pretoria must not be the only way in which the world community attempts to help create just and decent conditions for present and future generations of South Africans."

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    Background: Nigeria has served notice that countries wanting its trade had better trim their ties with South Africa. Akporode Clark, the Nigerian delegate, issued the warning in the General Assembly as Sweden's Anders Thunborg sought a Security Council-ordered curb on foreign investment in South africa. The one hundred and fifty-two nation assembly began its annual debate on South Africa's policy of separate development of the country's principal racial groupings --- apartheid. Mr. Clark, who is chairman of the assembly's Anti-apartheid Committee was one of the first speakers.

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