African members of the United Nations Security Council on Monday (30 january) formally proposed a mandatory ban on further investment in or loans to South Africa.
African members of the United Nations Security Council on Monday (30 january) formally proposed a mandatory ban on further investment in or loans to South Africa. The resolution, jointly sponsored by Gabon, Mauritius, and Nigeria, also sought to have the council urge all states to review their existing economic and other relations with South Africa. A second resolution strongly condemned the country for its `massive repression' of opponents of apartheid and for establishing its Bantustans, or tribal homelands.
SYNOPSIS: Observers considered both resolutions would be defeated by Western veto. Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky vigorously criticised the policies of the white regime which introduced its apartheid system to South Africa when it came to power 30 years ago. Mr. Troyanovsky was speaking on the eve of his installation as president of the Security Council in succession to Ambassador Leslie Harriman of Nigeria. Mr. Troyanovsky had spoken in support of the mandatory ban on arms shipments to South Africa, which the Security Council unanimously adopted in November last year.
Delegates then heard the views of Swedish Ambassador Anders Thunborg.