In Addis Ababa on Thursday (3 Feb) three African nations called on the United Nations Security Council to block the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian independence settlement.
In Addis Ababa on Thursday (3 Feb) three African nations called on the United Nations Security Council to block the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian independence settlement. Somalia, Sudan and Guinea tabled a resolution asking the 15-nation Council to deplore "Britain's failure to end the white rebellion" and urged the creation of a constitutional conference with African majority representatives to formulate new proposals. U.N. member states should take more stringent measures to assure full use of sanctions against rhodesia, the resolution added.
Following the resolution, Burundi delegate Terence Nsanze described apartheid and colonialism as "siamese twins" and "ideological bastards of the same origin". Earlier, the three African countries had rejected British Ambassador Sir Colin Crowe's pleas for milder language, during intensive private talks. Britain later refused to accept the resolution.
The Rhodesia situation was the main preoccupation of this special session of the Security Council -- its first outside New York for 20 years. The eight-day session ended on Saturday (5 Feb.)