Delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (17 November) criticised western nations for being apathetic in their condemnation of apartheid and called for economic sanctions and the imposition of an oil embargo against South Africa.
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SV Permanent representative of Angola Elisio de Figueiredo speaking in English
GV Assembly Hall
SV Permanent Representative of Algeria Mohammed Bedjaoui speaking in French
TRANSCRIPT: FIGUEIREDO: "Mr. President apartheid cannot be diluted, or refined, or changed. It must be destroyed. This is the position of the People's Republic of Angola, enunciated by the Central Committee of the MPLA Workers Party, the vanguard party that has led Angola onto the path of independence and national reconstruction. And it is our support for the apartheid struggle that has led to repeated armed invasions and attacks by the racist South African armed forces on the territory and the people of Angola. Pretoria, Mr.President, has felt threatened ever since the emergence of progressive governments in the area. It has followed the policy that the best method of defence is attack. No country has borne the brunt of Pretoria's racist militarism more than the People's Republic of Angola. Pretoria knows that my government, indeed all the Angolan people, are committed to the eradication of the apartheid system. We believe, Mr......President, that half-hearted cures are no cures at all. They will not stamp out the disease, and may e en kill the patient. Pretoria has been given enough time--too much time--by the international community. Mr. President, we call for economic sanctions against South Africa, especially an oil embargo as called for at the last summit of the Organisation of African Unity in Freetown this summer."
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Background: Delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (17 November) criticised western nations for being apathetic in their condemnation of apartheid and called for economic sanctions and the imposition of an oil embargo against South Africa. During the debate on apartheid delegates from southern Africa claimed that South Africa had been allowed to get away with its apartheid policy for too long and that it was tie radical measures were taken.
SYNOPSIS: One of the leading supporters of sanctions was Angolan representative Elisio de Figueiredo:
Algerian representative Mohammed Bedjaoui also criticised the South African government for attacking its neighbours. He claimed that South Africa was seeking to turn the surrounding countries into its satellites, to extend its power.
Just three days earlier (14 November) the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning member states and multi-national corporations which collaborated with South Africa. The assembly also voted to hold a second world conference to combat racism and racial discrimination in 1983.