African states, supported by some European members of the Security Council, have renewed demands for the arms embargo against South Africa.
African states, supported by some European members of the Security Council, have renewed demands for the arms embargo against South Africa. This comes as a new attempt to have the racially-segregated Republic withdraw from Namibia (South West Africa), the former German colony now under South African control.
But the United States, France and Britain were believed ready to veto any proposal involving mandatory economic sanctions or an arms embargo. France is the leading foreign supplier of arms to South Africa.
The Western powers have all along rejected African proposals that the Council declare the situation in Namibia as constituting a threat.
Meanwhile, a plan to have the Council require South Africa to set a date by July next year for the holding of UN-supervised election in Namibia has an uncertain future.
France and Britain were behind the proposal, but several African members regarded it as too weak a response to what they saw as South Africa's uncompromising stand.
In the Security Council debate on Thursday (5 June) the Swedish ambassador, Olof Tydbeck appeared to support the hard-liners, as did the East German and Algerian ambassadors.