The United Nations Security Council has condemned (on Friday, 2 November) what it calls South Africa's aggression against the People's Republic of Angola.
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SV Paul Firmino Lusaka of Zambia speaking in English
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SV Chinese Counsellor Chou Nan speaking with simultaneous translation into English
LUSAKA: "All we are asking the Security Council to do is; (a) to strongly condemn South Africa's aggression against the People's Republic of Angola; (b) to call upon the government of South Africa to cease, immediately, all acts of aggression and provocation against the People's Republic of Angola, and forthwith withdraw all its armed forces from Angola; (c) to demand that South Africa scrupulously respect in independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the People's Republic of Angola; (d) to also demand that South Africa desist forthwith from the utilisation of Namibia, a territory which it illegally occupies, to launch acts of aggression against the People's Republic of Angola or in other neighbouring African states; (4) to request member states urgently to extend all necessary assistance to the People's Republic of Angola and other front-line States, in order to strengthen their defence capacities."
TRANSLATOR: "Over the past year, despite the important efforts made by SWAPO, the front-line countries, other African states, as well as the international community for a just, peaceful settlement of the Namibian issue, no progress whatsoever has been made so far. the basic cause lies in the lack of sincerity for negotiation on the part of the South African racist authorities, which have clung to their reactionary position, and seized the opportunity to push their scheme for an internal settlement. Following the illegal elections they stage-managed last December, the South African racist authorities renamed the Constituent Assembly, last May, in an attempt to set up a puppet regime, under an illegal cloak. At the same time, they continue to build up arms, practise white terror and step up their brutal repression of the Nationalist forces, led by SWAPO and the Namibian people. Furthermore, they have ceaselessly subjected the neighbouring African states to military pressure and armed aggression."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council has condemned (on Friday, 2 November) what it calls South Africa's aggression against the People's Republic of Angola. South Africa did not take part in the Council debate, but its Foreign Minister Roelof (Pik) Botha sent a letter the same day to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim strongly denying any acts of aggression against Angola. He Complained of a continuing campaign of terror against the people of Namibia, by Angola-based guerrillas of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). It is the second time the Council has condemned South Africa for attacking Angola. The United States, Britain and France abstained from voting on both occasions. They said they regretted that their suggested changes to the text were refused. Six Non-Aligned states -- Bangladesh, Gabon, Jamaica, Kuwait, Nigeria and Zambia sponsored the resolution, adopted by twelve votes to none.
SYNOPSIS: Zambia's permanent representative, Mr. Paul Firmino Lusaka, introduced the resolution.
Chinese counsellor Mr. Chou Nan spoke of Namibian independence.