Zambia called on the United Nations on Thursday (27 July) for help to counter what it called South African genocide against blacks in southern Africa.
GV PAN EXTERIOR: of Untied Nations building
CU: Zambian Foreign Minister Mwale speaking in English as South African Ambassador to the U.N., Roelof Botha listens (3 shots)
CU: Botha speaking in English
MWALE:"In rendering all possible support to the liberation movement, Zambia and other front line states are in fact assuming the burden that should equally be the responsibility of the international community as whole. In the specific case before ti, the Security Council must condemn in the strongest terms, South Africa's want on aggression against Zambia and the senseless, savage and cold-blooded murder of innocent people. The Council must also demand that the racist regime of South Africa henceforth respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Zambia as well as those of other front line states. Moreover, the Security Council should declare in no uncertain terms, that South Africa should relinquish forthwith its illegal hold on Namibia, and that peace and security in southern Africa in inextricably linked to the liberation of the region."
BOTHA: "What is needed now in southern Africa is encouragement for efforts and successes for moving away form old and outmoded attitudes to more constructive conceptions which would result in fruitful co-operation which would result in the dissipation of the fear of domination of one nation, or group by another. I urge the Council members to recognise that the problems that have to be solved in southern Africa are of a far greater order than those experienced in their own countries. And to consider these problems with tolerance and realism. We need conciliation. We do not need vituperation. We need communication we do not need exacerbation. Let us not allow our emotion to march us into a war that no one can win."
The South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), is campaigning for the liberation of Namibia (South West Africa) which is ruled by South Africa. In recent months, the Zambian Government has claimed that South African forces have carried out several raids inside Zambia - a major SWAPO base. Zambia has also alleged that South African-sponsored guerrilla forces have joined many of the raids. South Africa has replied that it does not allow attacks on Zambian villages. However, the South African Government has claimed that SWAPO guerrillas based in Zambia and Southern Angola are responsible for attacks on Namibia.
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Background: Zambia called on the United Nations on Thursday (27 July) for help to counter what it called South African genocide against blacks in southern Africa. the Zambian Foreign Minister, Mr. Siteke Mwale said South African forces had mounted an attack on a base of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) inside Zambia on July 11, killing 24 people. The South African Ambassador to the United Nations, R. Roeloef Botha, denied the charge and said his country was working for conciliation in the region.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mwale called on the Security Council to condemn South Africa and Mr. Botha asked delegates to consider the problems of the region with tolerance and realism.