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    Tanzania will back Patriotic Front guerrillas in a fight to the finish against the Salisbury government if an internationally acceptable independence agreement cannot be negotiated for Zimbabwe Rhodesia.

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    MV Tanzanian Foreign Minister Benjamin Mkapa speaking in English
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: MKAPA: "Namibia which is a United Nations territory continues to be occupied illegally and with impunity by South Africa. South Africa has blocked the implementation of Security Council Resolution 435 thus dealing a contemptuous blow to expectations of a settlement by peaceful means. Not only has South Africa continued to defy the wheel of the international community over Namibia but it continues to use that territory to commit continued aggression against neighbouring African states killing and maiming thousands of defenceless refugees and committing wanton destruction of property. The responsibility of the United Nations is clear, it in its term must answer the challenge of South Africa. The United Nations must reaffirm and demonstrate increased support for SWAPO, the sole and legitimate representative of the people of Namibia committed to end South African occupation. Secondly the United Nations must now impose sanctions against South Africa under Chapter 7. Censure in the circumstances is not enough. It is in fact the same as condonation. Mr. President in South Africa itself the regime's enforcement of a policy of apartheid has become more vicious as it receives and develops more weapons of oppression against the majority of African people. More western investment flows in providing economic buffers to apartheid and the most vile system of oppression of man by man. Once again the United Nations must institute effective measures including sanctions to force South Africa to abandon apartheid. To stretch the organisation's tolerance further would do great damage to its credibility."



    There has never been economic sanctions imposed on South Africa by the United Nations. However a United Nations arms embargo on South Africa has been in effect for several years.




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    Background: Tanzania will back Patriotic Front guerrillas in a fight to the finish against the Salisbury government if an internationally acceptable independence agreement cannot be negotiated for Zimbabwe Rhodesia. This statement was made by Tanzania's Foreign Minister Benjamin Mkapa at the 34th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday (24 September). Mr. Mkapa said the present talks in London provide a last opportunity for a negotiated settlement and if they failed to live up to the Lusaka agreement the only alternative was 'war to the finish'. Mr. Mkapa also called on U.N. members to support the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) which is fighting South African rule in the mineral-rich territory of Namibia (South West Africa). He asked the U.N. to adopt tough sanctions against South Africa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5GNWRQV5KJB4ODPKC50PQKRZT
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GNWRQV5KJB4ODPKC50PQKRZT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
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