A petition signed by more than 50,000 people opposed to arms sales to South Africa will be presented to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers conference in Singapore later this month.
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TRANSCRIPT: MINTY: SEQ 3: "Well, I'm leaving for Singapore on behalf of the Anti-Apartheid Movement to attend the Commonwealth conference and to present to the Chairman of the Commonwealth conference, the Prime Minister of Singapore, signatures, collected in Britain, against the sale of arms to South Africa. We have something like 50,000 signatures in already and many more are expected in our office. They will reach us after I've left London but will be sent on to me to Singapore. En route to Singapore I'll be stopping over in New Delhi and have discussions there with officials of the Indian Government. But during my stay in New Delhi there will also be leaders from Tanzania, from Canada and the British Prime Minister himself will be there with his delegation. And that will give us the opportunity to discuss the issue with one or two other delegations.
We are terribly concerned about the resumption of arms sales to South Africa, because of the danger it poses in Africa itself, and in the world as a whole. Indeed, if Britain does sell arms it will destroy the Commonwealth as we know it. But more important is that it will make South Africa much more aggressive in its posture towards the rest of independent Africa. Arms supply, in a very real way, helps to strengthen the military machine of the South African Government.
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Background: A petition signed by more than 50,000 people opposed to arms sales to South Africa will be presented to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers conference in Singapore later this month.
In London on Wednesday (6 January) the Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, which has organised the petition, Mr. Abdul Minty, told a press conference that he would be leaving for Singapore on Thursday, stopping over for talks in New Delhi on the way.
The petition already contains more than 50,000 signatures and more are expected to the forwarded to Singapore.