At the United Nations, the Security Council voted unanimously on Friday (9 December) to set up a committee composed of all members of the council, to supervise the mandatory arms embargo imposed by the council against South Africa last month.
GV: Security Council in session.
SV: Council President Radha Krishna Ramphul (Mauritius) calls for vote, voting takes place and result announced. (THREE SHOTS)
SV: ANC delegate Mfanafuthi Johnstone Makatini speaking.
SV: Libya delegate Mansur Kikhia speaking. (THREE SHOTS)
PRESIDENT: "Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in S/12477 please raise their hands. Thank you. Will those against. Abstentions. The result of the voting is as follows. The draft resolution received 15 votes in favour, none against, and no abstentions."
MAKATINI: "Mr. President, we trust the need for clear and meaningful terms of references that we hope will be given to the envisaged committee because we have in have in the past been duped by these guilty powers, who have mastered the technique of chasing with the hounds and running with the hares. We can quote many instances including the supplies of genocidal weapons continued unabated either overtly or covertly."
KIKHIA: "We must be sure that machinery created for the implementation of the mandatory arms embargo against South Africa is more effective than that created for the implementation of sanctions against Rhodesia. It is creating a garrison state. It is extremely powerful and belligerent. It is pursuing an aggressive and expansionist policy in an effort to shore up the crumbling system of apartheid. As the circle closes around the Vorster regime we can expect more and more aggressive actions on its part."
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Background: At the United Nations, the Security Council voted unanimously on Friday (9 December) to set up a committee composed of all members of the council, to supervise the mandatory arms embargo imposed by the council against South Africa last month. Amongst the speakers was Mr. Mfanafuthi Johnstone Makatini, who represented the African National Congress of South Africa (A.N.C.). Although he is not a member of the Security Council, he was invited to speak under a special rule which allows the council to invite outsiders to supply relevant information.
SYNOPSIS: The resolution was tabled by the African members of the Council.