South Africa, whose credentials have been rejected by a United Nations committee, walked out of the General Assembly on Thursday (24 May) when the Assembly upheld the committee's decision.
GV: President of General Assembly Indalecio Lieyano of Colombia speaking in Spanish in the United nations General Assembly
SV: South African delegate Adriaan Eksteen taking notes
GV AND SV PAN: voting scoreboard while official asks for votes and confirms voting in English. (3 shots)
SV: President continues to speak in Spanish.
SV: South African delegate listening, and gets up and leaves hall while President continues to speak in Spanish
GV: delegates listening to President
OFFICIAL: "Will all delegations kindly check the voting display to assure that their votes have been properly recorded. The delegations have satisfied themselves to this effect, the voting may be considered as complete, the machine is locked."
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Background: South Africa, whose credentials have been rejected by a United Nations committee, walked out of the General Assembly on Thursday (24 May) when the Assembly upheld the committee's decision. South Africa has taken no part in the work of the General Assembly since November 1974, when its credentials were first rejected. But it attempted to re-enter the Assembly on Wednesday (23 May) at the start of the U.N. debate on Namibia (South West Africa).
SYNOPSIS: It was South Africa's first appearance at the General Assembly since it can suspended for its racial policies. A spokesman for the African Group formally challenged the Republic's presence at the afternoon meeting. After the U.N. Credentials Committee rejected South Africa a motion to expel the country from the assembly was proposed.
With ninety-three members rejecting South Africa's credentials, nineteen against the motion, and eleven abstaining, South African Charge D'Affaires Adriaan Eksteen, walked out of the General Assembly.
Among the delegates who voted against the motion were the United States, France the United Kingdom, and West Germany. The President of the General Assembly, Indalecio Lieyano of Columbia, made it clear that the decision taken by the Assembly did not -- as he put it -- "concern the status of South Africa as a member of the United Nations."