• Short Summary

    Members of the United Nations Security Council held a debate on Thursday (29 January) over South Africa's involvement in the mineral rich African State of Namibia.

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    Members of the United Nations Security Council held a debate on Thursday (29 January) over South Africa's involvement in the mineral rich African State of Namibia.

    Namibia is a former German colony which South Africa administers under a former League of Nations mandate which the United Nations General Assembly voted to terminate in 1966. However the South African Government regards the United Nations 'termination as illegal, and refuses to withdraw its troops and administration from the territory.

    The draft resolution, sponsored by seven members of the Council condemns South African administration of the State of Namibia, including its use of the "territory of Namibia as a base for attacks on neighbouring countries" - and allusion to the involvement of South Africa in the Angolan civil war.

    The Soviet Union delegate, Mr. Yakov Aleksanorovich Malik, told the Council that the members there must take action against South Africa and what he termed "the colonialist-racist conspiracy that South Africa is now the centre of."
    However the United States delegate on the Council, Mr. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, said that South Africa might be softening its attitude towards Namibia.

    Mr. Moynihan said that recent statements by the South African Government had suggested that South Africa might "finally be heeding the international outcry against its continuing illegal occupation of Namibia."
    The United States delegate also denied allegations that his Government was in the process of establishing military bases in Africa near Namibia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7ZMFHPR2XTYH19E57O659ZJSD
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ZMFHPR2XTYH19E57O659ZJSD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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