At the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (2 November) the Organisation of African Unity called for the UN to give material assistance to the black nationalists in South Africa, and also to the African nations fighting against apartheid.
GV INTERIOR: U.N. General Assembly delegates seated in debate on apartheid.
CU: OAU representative Peter Onu from Nigeria, addressing Assembly in English.
SV: delegates listening.
SV: Algerian delegate Abedellatif Rahal, addressing Assembly (in French)
PETER ONU: "The OAU calls for the continued isolation of the usurpers of power in South Africa from the World Assembly and for her total isolation in all walks of human endeavour, be it in sports and other activities. The OAU calls upon the world body to give material assistance to the front line states of Africa which are making the supreme sacrifice on behalf of humanity to bring an end to man's inhumanity to man in South Africa. Resolutions and diplomacy however desirable are not enough. The world body should give the national liberation movements and the black nationalists in South Africa the necessary means to respond to a regime that rules with the gun. This is the appeal to all men of conscience in the international community. It is the only moral option that has to be made. We have waited too long for change. Some people have asked for more time to make contacts with a regime that remains intransigent. We cannot give any more time to Mr. Vorster. We know the character of this chameleon. More time will only enable the four million whites of South Africa to consolidate their loot of the land which has been usurped from the indigenous African people."
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Background: At the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (2 November) the Organisation of African Unity called for the UN to give material assistance to the black nationalists in South Africa, and also to the African nations fighting against apartheid.
SYNOPSIS: The call was made during the debate on apartheid by spokesman Peter Onu.
Another delegate, the Algerian representative, Mr. Abdel Latif Rahal, was reportedly referring to the newly independent state of Transkei, formerly a homeland for black South Africans, when he said that it had become obvious that Pretoria's need to protect itself against foreign threats had led to 'putting on life jackets'.
Proposals were formerly submitted at Tuesday's session calling on the General Assembly to endorse the armed struggle of black South Africans, and for a mandatory ban on military sales to the Republic. They were part of a package of eight separate draft resolutions presented by African states, and were generally expected by delegates to be approved by large majorities before the end of the week.