INTRODUCTION: A United Nations committee adjourned in song on Monday (23 March) for the first time in memory.
CU & SV Bishop Desmond Tutu talking to U.N. Secretary General Kurt Weldheim
GV PAN INTERIOR Meeting hall
SV Bishop Tutu speaking
GV & SV Members of committee stand and sing (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT):
TUTU: "The purpose of my own trip, at its present time has been to see church leaders, government leaders who have influence in the international community, to urge them to recognise that we are approaching a very serious crisis, in our country....to urge them therefore to please for the sake of our children, for the sake of the children of all South Africans, black and white, for God's sake, for the sake of world peace, that they take action; that they exert pressure on South Africa, political pressure, diplomatic pressure, and above all economic pressure. But really take action that will persuade the South African authorities to come to the conference table before it is too late."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A United Nations committee adjourned in song on Monday (23 March) for the first time in memory. Members of the General Assembly's Special Committee Against Apartheid sang several verses of "God Save Africa" after hearing a strong appeal and warning from Bishop Desmond Tutu, General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Bishop Tutu warned of a third world war if the apartheid situation is not resolved soon.
SYNOPSIS: The Bishop earlier had separate meetings with U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and Security Council President Peter Florin, chief delegate of East Germany. In this speech, the Bishop described apartheid as "one of the most vicious systems since Nazism" and said the "voiceless" in South Africa thank the committee for working to stamp it out.
The session ended with the Committee singing the rallying hymn for forces opposed to colonialism and racism in Africa.