In Lagos, delegates to the United Nations Conference on Apartheid, have been hearing about ways the Western industrialised nations can help in ending apartheid in South Africa.
SV: Norwegian Prime Minister Odvar Nordli speaking
SV: Mozambique Foreign Minister Chissano speaking
SV: Sierra Leone Foreign Minister Conte speaking
"I feel most strongly that no effort whatsoever must be spared to enable the liberation of the people of South Africa to be affected without an extensive armed struggle and vast human suffering. Failure here would once again mean defeat for the cause of humanity. I admit that the time is rapidly running put. But as long as there is the smallest ray of hope we must not and shall not this is one of the most important tasks facing the Norwegian government in the international field."
"The anti-imperialist forces in other parts ??? the world have the duty to support by all means the South African people. We must know that they are not suffering for themselves alone. They are fighting for all of us. With the eradication of apartheid, the danger of an international conflict in Southern Africa which would escalate to other parts of the world would be swept away. The danger of atomic bombs which Western countries are helping Vorster to build would be avoided. Relations between Africa, Europe, North America, Israel, and Japan, would be improved."
"Sierra Leone for her part would not invite the sons of Africa to engage in a romantic unrealistic quixotic exercise and confront tanks and missiles with stones, slings and sticks. But we would urge, and urge we shall, all those who've failed to persuade South Africa to abandon this despicable system of government, to prepare themselves for a long drawn out war of attrition. To this end we must increase very significantly our contributions to the United Nations Trust Fund."
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Background: In Lagos, delegates to the United Nations Conference on Apartheid, have been hearing about ways the Western industrialised nations can help in ending apartheid in South Africa.
The Norwegian Prime Minister, Odvar Nordli told the conference on Tuesday (23rd August) that increased economic and political pressure by Western countries on South Africa would be an effective contribution towards ??? majority rule.
He called or a joint policy of peaceful pressure against South Africa and said political action could really contribute to shortening racial conflict. Failure to end apartheid by peaceful means, said Mr. Nordli, would mean a defeat for humanity.
But the delegates of the black African countries were sceptical about a solution. Mozambique Foreign Minister Joaquim Chissano warned that if apartheid wasn't eradicated soon, there was a danger that the fighting would escalate to other parts of the world. And Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, Abdulai Conte, talked of a long drawn out war of attribution.
First the Norwegian Prime Minister.
The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity told delegates on Wednesday (24th August), that only physical pressure could make South Africa change its racist policies. And the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka said a mishandling of the South African problem could lead to a global war. The Soviet delegate, Vladimir Snegirjev told the conference that his country was ready to cooperate with others in preventing South Africa building a nuclear arsenal. The offer came as President Carter announced that he was given assurance by South Africa that it had no such intensions. The five day conference, which is jointly sponsored by the UN and the OAU will end on Friday.
More than 500 delegates from 70 countries are attending. Meanwhile, the American UN Ambassador Andrew Young and the British Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen are to have talks in the Zambian capital of Lusaka on Saturday (27th August) with the president of the so called front line African nations in an effort to secure a peaceful solution in Rhodesia.