The United Nations Security Council on Monday (30 April) voted in favour of a resolution tabled by a group of non-aligned countries condemning the Rhodesian elections.
The United Nations Security Council on Monday (30 April) voted in favour of a resolution tabled by a group of non-aligned countries condemning the Rhodesian elections. The resolution called for the International community to refuse to recognise the new government. It also asked for a continuation of mandatory sanctions against Rhodesia. The resolution was approved by twelve nations with none against - but there were three abstentions.
SYNOPSIS: France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Jacques Leprette said that the only legitimate power that his country recognises in Southern Rhodesia is that of the United Kingdom. Up till now, the entire international community has recognised the special responsibility of the British government with regards to her colony. He said that the British government is not now in a position to make major decisions about Rhodesia for reasons that everyone knows. This is not the time, he said, for the security council to make any decision on the Rhodesian question. For this reason, he said, France would not be associated with the resolution being considered by the Council.
Yugoslavia's Representative Mr. Miljan Komatina supported the resolution.
Botswana's representative Thomas Tlou also make a strong appeal for support.