Senegalese Foreign Minister Coumba N'Doffene Diouf addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (4 October).
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Background: Senegalese Foreign Minister Coumba N'Doffene Diouf addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (4 October).
First he touched on several subjects of international import - such as the Middle East situation (he condemned Israeli occupation of Arab territories); Vietnam (he spoke of the renewed era of hope for peace in view of recent events); terrorism (he said that Senegal would want a studied definition of the word before committing itself to any initiative which might affect the liberation movement sin Africa). Then, turning to a subject more directly concerned with Africa in particular, he spoke of the situation in Rhodesia and the problems which arose when the Black nations demanded the banning of the Rhodesian team from the Olympics. In a strongly-worded speech in French, he accused those who, "under the misleading pretence of searching for Olympic peace", had prevented many blacks form "obtaining victories in the competition, by the ferocious competition of every type of white incapable of accepting the unanimous opposition of all Africa to the Rhodesian participation."
A full translation of his speech can be found on the following commentary page.
SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministers of several countries addressed the General Assembly on subjects concerning not only their own countries, but also of international interest. Among the speakers, Foreign Minister Coumba N'Doffene Diouf of Senegal.
"Mr. President, some days ago--under the misleading pretext of searching for Olympic peace--the blacks of every Continent have been unjustly insulted or, even worse, frustrated in obtaining victories in the competition, by the ferocious competition of every type of white, incapable of accepting the unanimous opposition of all Africa to the Rhodesian participation in the Games. We must stand up to all those who--under a non-political pretence--persist in refusing the right to human dignity of the brave people of Zimbabwe. And it is this unchanging wish to credit the domination of a white minority over millions of blacks, that constitutes the most monstrous political demarcation, dictated exclusively by racist motivations.
Now the illegal regime of Ian Smith is systematically and fully erasing all previous values, and carrying to the end the only form of total non-existence of which man disposes--violent death. That is why, after the crushing defeat of the Peace Commission's report by the population, it is imperative that the Salisbury rebellion must be brought to an end put putting into effect, without delay, energetic and prompt measures against a situation which even degrades the very Charter of the United Nations."