A call was made at the United Nations on Friday (23 May) for the international community to exert pressure on minority (while) regimes to transfer power to the indigenous majorities.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated
CU Zambian delegate Rupiah Banda speaks
GV Delegates seated (SILENT)
CU Nigerian delegate Edwin Ogebe Ogbu speaks
VARIOUS VIEWS OF DELEGATES: PRESIDENT OF U.N. COUNCIL FOR NAMIBIA, RUPIAH BANDA AND CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEE ON APARTHEID, EDWIN OGEBE OGBU SPEAKING.
RUPIAH: "The United Nations Council for Namibia would like to seize this opportunity on African Liberation Day to pay special tribute to those African patriots who have paid with their lives in the struggle for freedom in Angola, in Guinea-Bissau, in Mozambique and indeed in other areas where the struggle has been particularly adverse, and the sacrifices have been particularly high. The strength of the freedom fighters in those African countries deserves our total admiration. Indeed, the recent victories that have been achieved in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique and elsewhere have shaken the very foundation of colonialism and satellite imperialism in Southern Africa. It is through these victories and the stalwart struggle of the liberation movement in Zimbabwe, in Namibia an din South Africa itself, that the end of the long road to total freedom has been brought measurably nearer. The time has come for the minority regimes in southern Africa to realise that the freedom of the African majority in Zimbabwe, in Namibia and in South Africa cannot be suppressed for much longer. The international community should now, more than ever before, exert pressure so that the minority regimes will transfer power to the indigenous majorities. Nothing short of that can be acceptable.
EDWIN OGEBE OGBU: "I am glad that many non-African countries have joined us here today in this solemn meeting to pledge support to the struggle for liberation in Africa. In the past twelve years, many African nations have been merged into independence after long periods of colonial slavery. On this day, we salute the memory of the freedom fighters who had laid down their lives so that Africa may be free. We express our gratitude to the many governments, organisations and individuals who have shown their solidarity with the oppressed people of Africa, especially when they were locked in armed struggle against the intransigents and the inhuman colonialists who resorted to massacres and wars with the connivance of their allies and with the support of greedy economic interests."
At the United Nations, President of the Council for Namibia, Rupiah Banda, spoke on African Liberation Day...
Chairman of the Committee on Apartheid, Edwin Ogebe Ogbu, also addressed U.N. delegates on Friday ...
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Background: A call was made at the United Nations on Friday (23 May) for the international community to exert pressure on minority (while) regimes to transfer power to the indigenous majorities.
The President of the United Nations Council for Namibia, Mr. Rupiah Banda, from Zambia, made the call at a speech in an African Liberation Day meeting.
Mr. Banda said nothing short of handing over power to the Africans could be acceptable.
He added that the end of the long road to total freedom for people in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), Namibia (South West Africa) and South Africa has been brought " measurably nearer" by the "stalwart" struggle of liberation movements.
Chairman of the Committee on Apartheid, Edwin Ogebe Ogbu, a Nigerian, also addressed U.N. delegates on Friday. He paid tribute to the Africans who had died in the struggle for freedom.
Mr. Ogbu thanked governments, organisations and individuals for showing solidarity with the "oppressed people of Africa".