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    Britain and the U.S.A. on Tuesday (22 May) vetoed a resolution in the United Nations?

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    GV & SV Security Council in session (5 shots)

    SV Kenya delegate speaking

    GV Counting votes on resolution Pres. of Security Council speaks

    SV UK Ambassador speaks

    SV USA delegate speaks

    KENYA DELEGATE: "However, the draft resolution seems, I take it, to be aiding, abetting and facilitating the breach of sanctions. For apparently, they hold that the committee should not adopt any decision which comes to grips with the problem of Rhodesia."

    And we must recall that of the recent details on African questions, and in particular on Southern Rhodesia, the Africans have been dismayed by the readiness with which the U.K., the administering power of the colony, and the United States, the open importer of chrome from the rebel colony, have been willing to ignore, ridicule and caricature the African stand, and international public opinion."

    PRESIDENT OF SECURITY COUNCIL: "Those in favour..... against...... abstentions.... Accordingly the resolution is not adopted, because of the negative votes of permanent members. The result is as follows: In favour - II; against - two; abstentions - two. I repeat that the draft resolution is not adopted, because of two negative votes by two permanent members."

    U.K. AMBASSADOR, SIR COLIN CROWE THEN SAID: "Mr. President, it is the report of the sanctions committee that we have been discussing. I will refrain from following other speakers into discussions of the Rhodesian situation as a whole, or the general question of the veto. I must however point out that my government's position on the question of sanctions, and more specifically on the question of extension of ???ons to South Africa and Portugal, was made abundantly clear throughout the prolonged discussions in the sanctions committee of the report which we have been debating."

    The next to speak was U.S. AMBASSADOR, JOHN SCALI: "The subject of the sale of three Boeing aircraft has been raised by several speakers, during this session of the security council. The United States representative noted before the sanctions committee on April 10th that three Boeing aircraft, actually 720's, had appeared in Southern Rhodesia. It was explained that the United States had authorised neither the sale of any Boeing aircraft to Southern Rhodesia, nor the re-export of such aircraft to Rhodesia. I can add, that the United States will not authorise the servicing of these aircraft, nor the sale of spare parts."

    Initials ES. 2210 ES. 2240

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    Background: Britain and the U.S.A. on Tuesday (22 May) vetoed a resolution in the United Nations Security Council, that would have extended sanctions against Rhodesia. Voting on the resolution was eleven in favour, two against, with two abstentions. The resolution could not be adopted, because of the votes against it cast by Britain and the United States.

    Along with France, Britain and the USA abstained in a vote on another resolution, which would have called on the United States to repeal legislation, allowing the importation of Rhodesian chrome ore or nickel. But these countries which did not vote for the resolution will not consider themselves bound by its provisions.

    Discussion the question of Rhodesia's recently acquired Boeing 720's, the U.S. Ambassador at the U.N., John Scali, said the U.S. government had not authorise the sale of Boeings to Rhodesia, and would not authorise the servicing of them, or the sale of spare parts. During the debate, the Kenya delegate had this to say before the voting:

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