A resolution which endorses a proposed aid programme to Botswana was introduced in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday (24 May).
SV INTERIOR: Botswana UN representative Archibald Mogwe speaking.
GV TOP VIEW: delegation seated around table.
SV: Sierre Leone delegate Samuel Nicol speaking.
MOGWE: " We are asking the international community to enable us to apply the capability to withstand the desperate attacks by the illegal government in Salisbury. For, only in this way, can Botswana effectively honour its international obligations and contribute to the liberation of Zimbabwe to which we are totally committed."
NICOL: "The situation along the Rhodesia-Botswana border and the Zambia-Rhodesia border has considerably worsened. We now receive news that open clashes between Rhodesia and Botswana on the one hand and rhodesia and Zambia on the other hand. If the government of Botswana did not adopt appropriate measures to reinforce its military forces by diverting its resources for planned development to security needs. it would not have been able, at this stage, to successfully resist the aggressive acts of the illegal, minority racist regime. In this regard my delegation commends and firmly supports the measures already taken by the government of Botswana to safeguard its territorial integrity and sovereignty."
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Background: A resolution which endorses a proposed aid programme to Botswana was introduced in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday (24 May). The three-year programme which involves 53.5 million dollars (GBP31.1 million sterling) was proposed after the Council heard charges last January that Botswana's territory had been repeatedly violated in recent years. Botswana delegate, External Affairs Minister Archibald Mogwe, told the Council of alleged aggressive acts by Rhodesia and appealed for international aid to maintain his country's economy.
A Security Council mission visited Botswana earlier this year and it found that, over the next three years, some 28 million dollars (GBP16 million sterling) would have to be diverted to defence needs and that security problems required new projects costing 25.5 million dollars (GBP14.8 million sterling) to safeguard the country's general development.
SYNOPSIS: "Sierra Leone's delegate, Samuel Nicol, supported the motion as Chairman of the African group.