The United Nations General Assembly yesterday (Friday) declined to accept the credentials of the South African delegation.
GV UN Building
CU UN Symbol
SV UN Official
SV Board showing result of voting (applause) delegates applauding
CU Hambro speaks
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: DOCTOR HAMBRO: "The amendment is adopted, 60 in favour, 42 against, 12 abstentions".
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly yesterday (Friday) declined to accept the credentials of the South African delegation.
A group of African members moved the measure to get South Africa's credentials refused. they claimed that since the Government in Pretoria did not represent the entire population...white coloured and African....of South africa, its U.N. delegation could not be representative and its credentials should no be accepted. Western and Latin American countries replied that the credentials of many Governments that could not be described as truly representative had been accepted int he past and a dangerous precedent would be set by refusing to approve South Africa's credentials.
When the vote finally came after ten hours of complicated legal argument to and fro the African amendment was accepted by 60 votes in favour, 42 against, and 12 abstentions.
The President of the General Assembly, Doctor Edvard Hambro announced the final result: