Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon Mwaanga was the first delegate from Africa to speak in the current general debate at the United Nations.
Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon Mwaanga was the first delegate from Africa to speak in the current general debate at the United Nations. In his speech on Tuesday (24 September) the Zambian Foreign Minister laid stress on continuing colonialism in Africa. He condemned South Africa and Rhodesia for allegedly massing troops along the Mozambique border and appealed to South Africa and the western nations not to permit their citizens to become mercenaries against Mozambique.
In his address to the 138-nation Assembly, Mr. Mwaanga also denounced the inclusion of non-white advisers in the South african delegation to the U.N. General Assembly. He accused them of being puppets whose presence was supposed to hoodwink the U.N. into believing that South Africa is changing its policy of apartheid and condemned South African for its unwillingness to abolish this policy.
The Zambian Foreign Minister also touched on a number of wide-ranging international topics.