The United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, condemned South Africa's racial policies, at the summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (O.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, condemned South Africa's racial policies, at the summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.), in the Gabonese capital of Libreville on Saturday (2 July). He called on O.A.U. member states to do what they could to help the refugees who'd fled from all over Southern Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Waldheim told the summit that as majority governments established southern Africa, there were difficulties and violence which created an acute refugee problem. Ho called upon African states, and other countries, to give as generously as they could to help the thousands of people -- including many students -- who he said had to flee from their own countries.
Mr. Waldheim reminded the assembled African leaders that in the middle of June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had asked for 16 million dollars (over GBP9 million sterling) as urgent help for these refugees.
Then Mr. Waldheim spoke about the situation in South Africa, where, he said, there were a growing number of demonstrations against apartheid. The demonstrations were not confined to ???Soweto, he said, and the victims and wounded among schoolchildren and students alone were already counted in hundreds.
Mr. Waldheim said apartheid was a crime against the conscience and dignity of man. As long as South Africa maintained its present policies, he said, excluding a majority of the population from national politics, and continued to arrest, imprison or exile a number of the country's most respected and beloved leaders, the problem created there would remain insoluble. Mr. Waldheim warned that this would increase the risk of more widespread internal strife, and destroy any chance of a peaceful reconciliation of all races on a national basis.