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The Chairman of Tanzania's delegation to the United Nations -- Mr. Salim -- urged the General Assembly on Wednesday (27 November) to appeal to the Government of Ethiopia to spare the lives of those detained.
Mr. Salim, acting on behalf of the Assembly's African group, took the initiative to all on the world body to act formally on this matter, following news of executions in Addis Ababa.
In reply to Mr. Salim, the Ethiopian delegate, Mr. Zewde Gebre-Selassie, said he would relay to his Government the sentiments expressed by the Assembly, which he understood to have been motivated by humanitarian considerations.
Later, Assembly President Said Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim agreed to send a joint appeal to spare the lives of people now detained in Ethiopia.
In a cable to Addis Ababa, they said reports that further executions were imminent had aroused great apprehension and profound anxiety on the part of the entire international community.