The Security Council of the United Nations on Tuesday (10 October) rebuked the United States for allowing Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith into the country.
The Security Council of the United Nations on Tuesday (10 October) rebuked the United States for allowing Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith into the country. The Council adopted the resolution by eleven votes to none, with four abstentions.
SYNOPSIS: In the debate for possible censure, Kenyan Foreign Minister Munya Waiyaki gave his country's viewpoint.
When the French President of the Security Council, Jaques Leprette, finally called for a vote by show of hands he ended a debate which was wide ranging in its arguments. The Soviet Permanent Representatives said that his country shared the concern of the African states and China's representative accused Washington of having aggravated the Rhodesian situation. But the Canadian Permanent Representative described the american move as not necessarily harmful.
The countries which abstained from the vote were the United States, Great Britain, Canada and West Germany.
The final count was eleven votes to nil. The council said Mr Smith's visit contravened a Security Council order which required member states to bar Rhodesian residents linked with the government.
United States representative Richard Petree defended his country's actions.