The United Nations Security Council on Monday (13 November) called on South Africa to cancel immediately the elections planned for Namibia next month.
The United Nations Security Council on Monday (13 November) called on South Africa to cancel immediately the elections planned for Namibia next month. The fifteen-nation body also warned South Africa, which rules the territory, that failure to agree to elections supervised by the United Nations there, would force the council to bring in "appropriate actions under the charter", including economic sanctions.
SYNOPSIS: The President of the Council, Monsieur Leon N'Dong is from Gabon in west Africa. He asked the delegates to vote for the resolution which called for cancellation of the year. South Africa had unilaterally set up the elections. A vote on the test of the resolution had been expected on Friday (10 November), but informed sources said Mauritius one of the three Africa members, had been instructed to abstain.
And the attitude of some other members was in doubt. Further consultations with governments over the weekend resulted in delegations previously in doubt voting for the text. The resolutions was sponsored by Gabon, India, Kuwait and Nigeria. They were joined in voting for the resolution by China, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.
The five western members -- the United States, France, Britain, West Germany and Canada - abstained. A Western ministerial delegation which visited Pretoria last month had said it considered the unilateral elections in December as null and void. But it agreed that South Africa should still have a chance to show it would co-operate with the United Nations. The Security Council President announced the result: adopted by ten to nil with five abstentions. Then, Ambassador William Barton of Canada, speaking for the other western members of the council, said they felt the deep sense of disappointment which lay behind the resolution.