INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid held a special debate on Friday (20 March) marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
GV INTERIOR PAN ACROSS Delegates as they observe minute's silence
SV UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim speaking
SV Chairman of African group, Ferdinand Oyono of Cameroons speaking in French
GV Representative listening
SV PAN Congress of Azania member Gore Ebrahim speaking in English
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
WALDHEIM (SEQ 2): "Our continual endeavours towards the achievement of the better standards of lives in the march of freedom cannot be truly credible while there remain such grave violations of human rights as apartheid in South Africa and racial discrimination. Moreover, there can be no real progress towards greater international co-operation until people and races the world over develop a genuine understanding and respect for the common needs, rights and aspirations."
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EBRAHIM (SEQ 5): "The trouble for which the Sharpeville martyrs laid their lives is not yet over. The PAC Mr. Chairman, is determined to realise, employing all methods and potential at its disposal, that for which the sharpeville and other martyrs have laid down their lives. While accepting that we, in the final analysis, are our own liberators, we highly value the support rendered to our troubles by the United Nations and all its agencies."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid held a special debate on Friday (20 March) marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Zambian representative Paul Lusaka said external boycotts, together with internal uprisings and guerilla warfare "can, and certainly will, bring South Africa to its knees".
SYNOPSIS: The day is observed on the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when South African police killed 69 blacks demonstrating against the country's pass laws. Secretary - General condemned the apartheid system.
Among the speakers from Black Africa was Ferdinand Oyono of The Cameroons. Mr. Oyono is chairman of the African group. Speaking in french, he said Africa did not believe in a master race. He added his group would pursue the struggle to free the continent from all forms of domination. Earlier, Zambian representative Paul Lusaka criticised a statement by President reagan which he said "eulogised" South Africa's role in the Second World War. Mr. Lusaka said those in power in South Africa had been interned for their subversive activities against the allies and in favour of Nazi Germany.
Next to speak was Pan African Congress (PAC) Member of Azania, Gore Ebrahim.