The United Nations General Assembly called on the Security Council on Thursday (31 May) to impose economic sanctions against South Africa to force its compliance with a U.
CU Zambian Permanent Representative to the U.N., P.J.F. Lusaka speaking in English to General Assembly
SV Administrative Secretary of SWAPO Mr. M. Garoeb speaking in English
LUSAKA: "The resolution just adopted with an overwhelming majority is a firm and eloquent expression of United Nations support for the legitimate struggle of the Namibian people under the leadership of SWAPO for freedom and national independence."
GAROEB: "Mr. President, what has been demonstrated here is a spirit of commitment and it is the hope of the delegation of SWAPO that this spirit that has prevailed throughout the deliberations of this body will be reflected at various international conferences which are coming up very soon, in particular we refer to the Bureau of Non-Aligned nations to the Commonwealth meeting which will be coming up in Lusaka, to the organisations of African Unity. We are confident and hopeful that the very spirit of commitment that has been demonstrated here will also be reflected at these carious forums."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly called on the Security Council on Thursday (31 May) to impose economic sanctions against South Africa to force its compliance with a U.N. sponsored plan for independence for Namibia. The vote was 118 to o, and among the 16 abstentions to the resolution were the United States, Britain, France, Canada and West Germany. That were the authors of the U.N. plan which requires internationally supervised elections in the territory. The Security Council, the only body empowered to impose sanctions, is expected to meet later this month to discuss the Assembly's recommendations. However, most observers believe that because of western opposition, backed by the power of veto, the Council will refuse to apply sanctions. Welcoming the General Assembly's decision yesterday was the Zambian representative Mr. P.J.F. Lusaka and the Administrative Secretary of SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) Mr. M. Garoeb.