INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council has accepted Botswana's charge that Rhodesian forces have violated its sovereignty.
INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council has accepted Botswana's charge that Rhodesian forces have violated its sovereignty. At the end of its first debate of the year, the Council demanded an end to all such hostile acts. It also strongly condemned "all acts of provocation and harassment, including military threats and attack" committed against Botswana by Rhodesia. The resolution was approved by 13 votes to none with the United States and Britain abstaining. A Rhodesian request to take part in the debate was earlier ignored. The final arguments in the debate came from Mauritius, Mozambique, West Germany and France.
SYNOPSIS: The French representative, M. Jacques Leprette, expressed his country's support for the United Kingdom's efforts aimed at reconvening the Rhodesian conference in Geneva. Britain's delegate, Mr. James Murray, said that in the present delicate state of negotiations being conducted by Britain, his government believed the right course was to abstain on the Council resolution. The United States Ambassador, Mr. William Scranton, said his government would follow Britain's lead.