The United Nations Special Committee on Colonialism opened its session in Lusaka yesterday to hear evidence from Liberation movements.
ARRIVAL OF DELEGATES AND OFFICIALS; MEETING IN PROGRESS AND DELEGATES.
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Background: The United Nations Special Committee on Colonialism opened its session in Lusaka yesterday to hear evidence from Liberation movements. Twenty-one nations of the 24-nation committee met in Lusaka for the opening session and heard President Kenneth Kaunda declare that there was a crisis of confidence in Africa over the West's commitment to the United Nations' Charter on Human Rights in relation to South Africa, and they also heard calls for armed intervention by Liberation movements as the best way to "bring Britain to sense of reality" over the Rhodesia question.
When he addressed the opening session of the committee, being held in a further education college in Lusaka, President Kaunda declared that the conduct of most of the Western countries had been marked by indifference to the solemn decisions over the years by the representatives of the world's peoples. But, he said, the support of the socialist camp had been consistent and African peoples could not but record their appreciation for their efforts.
Mr. Mahmoud Mestiri, who us chairman of the Committee, declared that Britain had abdicated her responsibility for Rhodesia and said that armed action had always been the best way to get colonial powers to the negotiating table.
The Committee had earlier been meeting in Congo-Kinshasa and after the week-long deliberations in Lusaka will go on to Dar Es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital.