In Belgrade on Monday (23 April) the United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-four opened the first of a series of meetings to discuss decolonisation.
In Belgrade on Monday (23 April) the United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-four opened the first of a series of meetings to discuss decolonisation. The meetings, which were scheduled to last seven days, began with speeches in support of the black nationalist movements in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Namibia (South-West Africa).
SYNOPSIS: The opening message was read by Yugoslavian Secretary for External Affairs Mr. Josip Vrhovec. Then the Tanzanian delegate Mr. C.M. Lambani condemned the recent Rhodesian elections.
Delegates listened to speakers from Chile, Indonesia, Bulgaria, and Ethiopia, followed by the Indian Ambassador to the U.N. Mr. N. Krishnan.
Mr. Zouhir Chelli from Tunisia, speaking in French, told the delegates that his country cried out for a peaceful solution to the Southern African conflicts. He said the sufferings inflicted on the peoples of that region create an atmosphere of insecurity and tension that threatens the peace of not only the African continent but of the whole world. Because of this, he said, the Western nations have an important if not crucial responsibility to assume. Only the application of sanctions and the adherence by South Africa to U.N. decisions can rapidly lead to a peaceful and just solution to these problem, he said. The meetings end on Monday (30 April).