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.
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MV Kenyan Foreign Minister Munya Waiyaki speaking in English
TV Security Council President Jaques Leprette calls for vote.
MV PAN Delegates voting (3 shots)
TV Leprette being handed tally which he announces
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SV U.S. representative Richard Petree speaking
WAIYAKI: "Kenya will continue to support the armed struggle, and a strict observation of sanctions against the rebel colony. My country is very concerned about the pressure which is now building up in some quarters, for the recognition of the so-called 'internal settlement', which would lead to further pressure for the lifting of the United Nations sanctions against the illegal Rhodesian regime. When Africa and the world have all along been aware of the breaches by some members-states of the mandatory sanctions against Southern Rhodesia, it has been our hope there exists adequate consensus that the illegal regime of Ian Smith must never be given any signs of recognition. In the connection, we have noted with dismay and disbelief the admission of Ian Smith to the United States, which is in violation of the mandatory sanctions."
PETREE: "The visa was finally issued because it would permit a continuation of the discussions, which the United States and others have pursued in a variety of locations with the many parties involved with the tragedy of Rhodesia. What the issuance of this visa means is that there is an additional chance to advance the cause of majority rule and peaceful settlements. It does not mean that the United States has decided to violate its responsibilities, recognise the Smith regime, or lift embargoes on trade with Rhodesia."
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Background: 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.