The United Nation's security Council met on Friday (18 October) to discuss whether South Africa should be expelled from the UN.
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SV Sierre Leone Foreign Minister Luke speaking in English
LUKE: "Mr. President, in accordance with the principles of the Charter all members are called upon to give the United Nations every possible assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the Charter. And member-states are ordered to refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventative, or enforcement, action. Mr. President, can we all honestly say that we have stood by these high principles? Mr. President, I wish to conclude by reminding you that, whatever decision is taken at the conclusion of this current debate, it will have a direct relevance upon the conditions of life, will affect the human dignity of millions of fellow citizens in the southern part of Africa. Mr. President, it only remains for me to wish all the members of the Security Council well ... to urge them to carry out their onerous duties with sincerity and without flinching from whatever decision they believe will serve the principles of our organisation concerned and, further, the respect for human dignity. Thank you, Mr. President."
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Background: The United Nation's security Council met on Friday (18 October) to discuss whether South Africa should be expelled from the UN.
The 15-nation Council met in response to a resolution by the General Assembly, which asked for a review of South Africa's relationship to the UN, following the rejection of the Republic's credentials at the end of last month.
Since that date, South Africa has not intervened -- or voted -- in the Assembly. It did not ask to take part in the Council debate.
The Chamber was packed for the meeting. It was the first time that the Council has been convened to consider what is expected to develop into a formal proposal for the expulsion of a member-states.
If a resolution to eject South Africa is tabled, it will need nine affirmative votes, which only a veto can nullify.
At the end of the first day's debate -- chaired by Somali Foreign Minister Mr. Omar Arteh -- Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister Mr. Desmond Luke spoke with some emotion. He called on the Council to adhere to the principles of the UN Charter and asked the Council to "respect the huma dignity of millions of fellow citizens in southern Africa".