The Untied Nations Security Council met on Friday (27 May) and unanimously approved a resolution aimed at closing Rhodesia's overseas government offices.
The Untied Nations Security Council met on Friday (27 May) and unanimously approved a resolution aimed at closing Rhodesia's overseas government offices. The resolution was a compromise agreement though Britain's representative, Robin Byatt, said that he was pleased that the Council could agree on action to tighten sanctions against Rhodesia. But just before Mr. Byatt spoke, the Mauritius representative Randha Krishna Ramphul, said he felt the resolution lacked power.
The Security Council were then addressed by the French representative Mosieur Jacques Leprette. Rhodesia maintained an information office in the French capital, Paris, until February this year when it was closed down by President Giscard d'Estaing's government. However, two other information offices are still open in Washington and the Australian city of Sydney. The Salisbury government also has agencies in South Africa but that country has so far refused to apply United Nations sanctions against Rhodesia. The resolution to close down Rhodesia's overseas government agencies was sponsored by all 15 members of the Council.
President of the Security Council, Benin's Thomas Boya, said that he would consider the resolution passed unless there was any dissent from the representatives. There was none and the resolution was carried unanimously with out a vote.