Zaire's President, Mobutu Sese Seko, made a stinging attack on white minority governments in Africa at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (October 4th).
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A TRANSLATION OF SECTIONS OF PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S SPEECH FOLLOWS.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: President Mobutu: "For many centuries, the situation of the black man in Africa has continued to deteriorate. Under the pretext of having come to Africa to civiles ???s, their primary objective has been to rob us of our fundamental wealth, notably in the commerce of slavery. And already in this epoch, the leaders were the Portuguese. In effect, Portugal is a country economically, socially and culturally under-developed, without democracy. (applause) and without military force, without any achievement, and the highest illiteracy rate in Europe (applause). Its force and its arrogance comes straight form its membership in N.A.T.O.
Today, when we have political, economic and social stability, we cannot be content ourselves when our brothers in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia, are still under Portugal's colonialist yoke, the British colonialists of Rhodesia, and the South African racists. Zaire is the connecting link between several Central African countries. It is surrounded by French-speaking countries, English-speaking countries, and Arabic-speaking countries.
Franc Fanon stated that Africa had the form of a revolver pointed at the stomach of Zaire. In consequence (applause) there is this imperative abolition of faire to give its material and military contribution to all the neighbouring countries still subjugated by the colonialists."
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Background: Zaire's President, Mobutu Sese Seko, made a stinging attack on white minority governments in Africa at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (October 4th).
President Mobutu was making the first speech by an African Head of State to the 28th session of the General Assembly.
He said Africa was the only continent were colonisation, racial segregation, apartheid and contempt continued because of the colour of a man's skin, He said Zaire was making its own interpretation of the problems confronting the world, starting with the problems of Africa.
Turning to the problems of starvation in much of French-speaking West Africa and Ethiopia, President Mobutu said aid to any country or individual should never be humiliating. Although parcels of food had been sent to the famine-threatened countries, nons of the rich nations had offered to cancel the international debts of these countries. He then called on the Assembly to pass a resolution cancelling the external debts of the countries stricken by the four-year drought.
President Mobutu said if Africa was truly united, the racial and economic abuses the continent now suffered would rapidly be ended.
The President of Zaire later went on to announce that his country had cut diplomatic relations with Israel, out of consideration for a sister nation. Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko made a stinging attack on white minority governments in Africa at the United Nation General Assembly on Thursday. He singled out Portugal.
President Mobutu said the black man's situation in Africa had continued to deteriorate for centuries. He said the white nations, under the pretext of civilising the African nations had robbed them by practising slavery. Portugal was the ringleader.
President Mobutu said the abuses suffered by African nations would and if africa was united.
Zaire's President said his country was making its own interpretation of the world's problems starting with the problems of Africa. He said portugal was in effect, economically and culturally under-developed. It was without democracy, military force, and achievement, and had the highest illiteracy rate in Europe, Portugal's force and its arrogance, he said, came straight form its membership in N.A.T.O. Because of Portugal's actions Africans continued to suffer colonisation, racial segregation and contempt.
President Mobutu was the first African Head of State to address the twenty-eighth session of the General Assembly.
He said Zaire, which now had political economic and social stability, could not be content while Africans in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia were still under
This also applied to Rhodesia, and South Africa. President Mobutu said Zaire therefore had an obligation to make military and material contributions to all the neighbouring countries still subjugated by colonialists.
He went on to speak of the problems of starvation in much of French-speaking West Africa and Ethiopia. President Mobutu called on the Assembly to pass a resolution cancelling the international debts of the Saha lian countries which had been stricken by a four-year drought. He said food parcels had arrived in the famine-threatened areas, but none of the rich nations had offered to cancel the debts of the impoverished countries.