The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation began hearings in Lusaka on Monday (April 17) as part of its fact-finding tour of Africa to consider questions concerning Rhodesia, Namibia (South-West Africa) and African territories under Portuguese administration.
SV INTERIOR.. delegates seated (silent)
CU Pascal Luvalo of M.P.L.A speaks
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FRENCH SOUND ENDS: "....independence national".
SV & LV Delegates of Iraq, Iran and Indonesia listening
"Twelve years have passed since voting on the historic resolution of December 1960, in which the General Assembly of the U.N. recognised the right of our people to self-determination and independence, and the legitimacy of the struggle which it conducted to accomplish this right. Taking account of those principle and the many resolutions approved by the General Assembly, we have formulated at the Committee of Colonisation of the Twenty four the following principles:"
1. Reaffirmation of the principle of the right to self-determination and for the independence of our people, and of the legitimacy for the struggle for the national liberation,
2. The recognition of the M.P.L.A. as being the only legitimate representative of Angola and its people internationally,
3. The affirmation of all to the specialized..(indistinguishable) of the ONU towards population of zones controlled by the M.P.L.A.,
4. The recognition by the ONU of documents of civil law and such international documents issued by the M.P.L.A.,
5. The effective application of all the resolutions already adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations,
6. That a delegation of the Special Committee on Decolonisation should go to the interior of Angola into the zones controlled or liberated by the M.P.L.A. in conformity with previous invitations.
Mr. President, Honourable Members of the Committee on Decolonisation. We thank you for your interest and we are convinced that you will do everything in your power to answer the needs and requirements of the struggle which out people are undertaking for their liberty and the national independence."
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Background: The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation began hearings in Lusaka on Monday (April 17) as part of its fact-finding tour of Africa to consider questions concerning Rhodesia, Namibia (South-West Africa) and African territories under Portuguese administration.
M. Pascal Luvalo, who led a delegation of the Black People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.) told the 24-member committee that South African troops were stationed in southern Angola ready to intervene under an agreement between South Africa, Portugal and Rhodesia.
But M. Luvalo said his guerrilla forces had won effective control of more than one-third of the country. The M.P.L.A. also charged that Portugal is using defoliants in Angola to try and cause famine among the population.
M. Luvalo invited the committee to send a mission into what he called liberated parts of Portuguese Angola to see schools, clinics, stores and revolutionary cadres within the territory. M. Luvalo said the M.P.L.A. was convinced that the Committee would do all it could to uphold six main principles: