In a bitter condemnation of Rhodesia's "Rebel colony", Zambian Government Secretary-General John Mwanakatwe called on the United Nations to use force in place of the "futile" sanctions operated against Rhodesia.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: "Rhodesia continues to be Africa's running sore. The year under review has yielded no evidence that we are to any significant extent nearer to the resolution of the deadlock in that rebel colony. The measures which the international community has taken against Southern Rhodesia have so far proved hopelessly ineffective. Even Ian Smith himself and his cohorts have openly stated that the sanctions policy is nothing more than a mere inconvenience. the declaration of a so-called republic in Rhodesia early this year is further evidence that the rebels intend to stick to their defiant posture.
"Mr. President, as we assemble here today, the rebels are redoubling their efforts to turn the clock of history back. The course they have embarked upon promises nothing but continued enslavement of the black man in Zimbabwe. The most disturbing feature of the situation is that Britain, the administering authority, is doing next to nothing to bring the rebels to their knees. Mr. President, the time has now come for us to admit that the measure we have so far taken against Rebel Rhodesia have not produced the desired results. In the face of rebel intransigence, the United Nations logical course of action lies in the application of the relevant provision of Chapter Seven of the Charter. Half-hearted measures like the ones the organisation has so far sponsored will continue to prove futile."
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Background: In a bitter condemnation of Rhodesia's "Rebel colony", Zambian Government Secretary-General John Mwanakatwe called on the United Nations to use force in place of the "futile" sanctions operated against Rhodesia. He was speaking yesterday (Thursday) in the General Assembly's World Affairs debate.
Mr. Mwanakatwe said that the only logical course of action would be to proceed under Chapter Seven of the United Nations Chapter the clause which provides for military action to ensure compliance with U.N. decisions;