The United Nations Security Council has urged all countries to bar the monitoring of the elections planned in Rhodesia next month.
GV Delegates seated
Nigerian delegate and Security Council President, Leslie Harriman, asking other delegates to vote.
LV AND PAN Delegates voting Yes
LV US Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young
GV Delegates seated
LV UK Delegate Ivor Richard and Ambassador Young abstaining
SV Council President Harriman reading out result of vote
SV Richards speaking
SV Ambassador Young speaking
HARRIMAN: "The results of the vote is as follows..twelve votes in favour..three abstentions..none against. The draft resolution has been adopted as resolution 4445/1979."
RICHARDS: "We do not interpret or accept the operative paragraphs of this resolution...as precluding visits to Rhodesia by private persons or by MP's to observe the election. Or by anyone to inform themselves about the situation in that country or as in anyway circumscribing the rights of the United Kingdom Parliament freely to exercise its responsibilities in relation to Rhodesia having regard to its won judgement of the wishes of the people, of Rhodesia as a whole."
YOUNG: "We do not believe that this resolution is intended to raise obstacles or barriers to the negotiation of a peaceful and just settlement of the Rhodesian problem. The United States does not interpret this resolution as endorsing the use of force or approving measures that endorse the use of force. This resolution must be interpreted in the light of charter obligations to settle international disputes by peaceful means and to ensure that armed force will not be used, ave in the common interest. I thank you Mr. President."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council has urged all countries to bar the monitoring of the elections planned in Rhodesia next month. The Council has already declared the elections null and void. The Council resolved to consider ways to expand and strengthen economic sanctions against Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: The Rhodesian debate in the U.N. Security Council came to a head on Monday (5 March) when the non-aligned members of the council tabled a resolution recommending a "stay-away" policy for all countries from the elections.
The UK Representative, Ivory Richard, threatened to veto the text unless it was "toned" down. Mr. Richard had said it was not proper to try and prevent people like media representatives from reporting the elections.
Bowing to Western demands a new resolution was drafted on Thursday (8 March) but the United States, Britain and France abstained from the vote.