INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council has entered the second week of its debate on the situation in South Africa without agreement on how to deal with it.
GV United Nations Security Council in session. (MUTE)
MV Ghanaian representative Thomas B. Sam speaking.
GV PAN Security Council. (MUTE)
MV Kenyan representative Francis M. Kasina speaking.
TRANSCRIPTS: SAM: "Mr. President. The considered view of the delegation of Ghana as you may well imagine is that investments in South Africa are investments in support of racism, oppression, inhuman and degrading treatment. They are therefore a threat to peace and security. As the custodian of international peace and security this distinguished Council is faced with a choice of one of only two options: either to act now to avoid future conflict of huge dimensions or to fail to act now and thus to make such a conflict inevitable."
KASINA: "Condemnation of the illegal occupation is not enough. We have done so many times. What is needed now is a positive action to dislodge and end the illegal occupation of Namibia by South Africa. Effective means such as economic and other sanctions must be taken to force South Africa to comply with the decisions of the international community. We request all countries to put the interest of human dignity above short-term economic interest and to cut the economic ties with South Africa as long as that regime continues to defy the United Nations, as manifested by the illegal occupation or Namibia."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council has entered the second week of its debate on the situation in South Africa without agreement on how to deal with it. Several African countries have been pressing for a mandatory arms embargo and other sanctions against the Republic and have proposed several requirements that south Africa should meet. These are an end to apartheid and to the policy of creating separate tribal homelands, withdrawal from Namibia and compliance with the United Nations resolutions against Rhodesia, which South Africa has supported. African delegates have submitted their proposals in amendments to a draft declaration prepared by the United States and supported by Britain, France, Canada and West Germany. The 18-point declaration calls on South Africa to eliminate apartheid and end its occupation of Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: (MUTE) Ghana's representative, Thomas B. Sam was one of the African speakers in the debate on Monday (28 March)
(MUTE) Another argument in the debate came from the Kenyan representative, Francis M. Kasina.