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    Five non aligned states have put forward a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council strongly condemning alleged South African aggression against Angola.

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    SV PAN Wreckage of plane allegedly form South Africa (2 shots)

    CU Members of Angolan armed forces looking at wreckage

    GV United Nations Security Council

    SV Elisio de Figu???iredo from Angola speaking in English and delegates looking on (6 shots)

    FIGUEIREDO: "Why Mr. President, is the racist and butcher regime of South Africa allowed to get away literally with murder? Why, Mr. President, does the fascist minority government run by Botha personally disregard the norms of international law and the charter of the United Nations? What makes the butchers and the vandals of Pretoria so confident, Mr. President, that they will not only not be convicted by discord, but they will not only be acquitted by this jury, but they will be (indistinct). What do they know, Mr. President, that we don't know? Do they know, Mr. President, that even after the most flagrant attack on Angolan sovereignty in the first few days after our independence in November 1975, even after the most brutal massacres such as at Kassinga in May 1978, even after the massive aerial and ground shelling and bombardment of our territory to our people??? even after all these invasions and after aggressions they would be allowed to get away with nothing more than a gentle slap on the wrist in the form of a mild resolution passed by the Security Council and therein after consigned to oblivion in the documents and archives of the United Nations? Mr.President, through you, I would like to tell the Western collaborators of South Africa that they are sadly out of touch with Africa. If and when any of the Third World continents explodes into war, Mr. President, then annual dividends will no??? save Western transnational corporations. In fact, Mr. President, South Africa will not be able to save its Western friends from the ???ollocaust that will ensue."

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    Background: Five non aligned states have put forward a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council strongly condemning alleged South African aggression against Angola. The draft was circulated on Thursday (1 November) night, after the Angolan delegate Elisio de Figueiredo opened a debate on his country's charges against Pretoria, and asked for total economic sanctions against South Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: The wreckage of this plane was found just inside Angola, and the government has claimed it was used by South Africa in raids on Angolan territory. South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha on Friday (2 November) denounced the allegations. In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, Mr. Botha denied any acts of aggression against Angola.

    Angola however accused South Africa of killing 20 people, 18 of them civilians, in a raid last Sunday (28 October). Angolan Radio said the South African troops destroyed road bridges and a railway tunnel near towns 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of the border with Namibia.

    When the Security Council discussed the issue, Angolan Ambassador Figueiredo opened the debate with a strong attack on South Africa....

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