Canada and West Germany have put forward new proposals at the United Nations which call for a ban on arms sales to South Africa.
Canada and West Germany have put forward new proposals at the United Nations which call for a ban on arms sales to South Africa. The move follows a Security Council meeting on Monday (31 October) at which Western members vetoed African-sponsored resolutions for harsher measures. The U.S.A., Britain and France vetoed three African motions which would have called not only for a ban on weapons supply but also a halt to investments and credits to South Africa. But the Western members joined the Africans in supporting a resolution strongly condemning South Africa for resorting to "massive violence and repression" in its crackdown of opponents of apartheid. The Somali delegate, Abdirizals Haji Hussen called for economic sanctions to complement proposed military sanctions, but the resolution as proposed was passed intact. It demanded that South Africa cancel its October 19 ban of organisations and newspapers that oppose apartheid and that South Africa release political prisoners and detainees.
SYNOPSIS: The first resolution under discussion strongly condemned South Africa's policies. The Somali delegate opened the debate.