In New York on Wednesday (16 May) non-aligned members of the United Nations Security Council proposed a tightening of sanctions against Rhodesia.
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GV ZOOM INTO MV Somalia delegate speaking
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SV U.S. delegate speaking
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CU Indian delegate speaking
"My delegation also fully supports the proposals of the Soviet Union, which represents the optimum approach to the problem. Calling as they do for the extension of sanctions to South Africa and the Portuguese territories, and the interruption of all means of communication in South Rhodesia. Both the African and the Russian proposals are aimed, principally, at stopping the major leads of sanction at their principle sources. It's obvious to everyone that sanctions against Southern Rhodesia will never succeed unless concomitant action is taken against South Africa and the Portuguese administration in Mozambique and Angola, which not only disregard the sanctions themselves, but act s channels for the clandestine trade carried on by many of the highly industrialised countries."
U.S. DELEGATE: "A the outset I wish to reaffirm my government's full support for majority rule in Southern Rhodesia, and the sooner, the better. This is the objective fixed by this Council, and is the reason that it voted for sanctions in the first place. That objective has not yet been achieved."
INDIAN DELEGATE: "Very little has been done through the news media and general official policy of governments to bring to the attention of the public the tragedy of Zimbabwe and the need to make everyone conscious that any help and encouragement, or recognition direct, or indirect, to the white regime of Ian Smith in that country adds to the length and bitterness of the struggle for freedom of the Zimbabwe people as a whole, and frustrates to a great extent the efforts of the United Nations and of the Security council in particular."
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Background: In New York on Wednesday (16 May) non-aligned members of the United Nations Security Council proposed a tightening of sanctions against Rhodesia.
All Council members agreed to measures which included the appointment of an International Trade Expert to act as a sanctions commissioner.
The Somalia delegate called for an extension of sanctions to South Africa and the African Portuguese territories.
While the United States reaffirmed it's full support for majority rule in Southern Rhodesia, India expressed regret at the killing and wounding of a group of Canadian and American tourists in Rhodesia on Tuesday (15 May).
He said that the news media had given extensive coverage to the incident, but had failed to give proper coverage to the plight of the people of Zimbabwe.
An English transcription of the three delegates, Somalia, USA and India follows:- (all delegates speak in English).