INTRODUCTION: The United States vetoed a Security Council resolution at the United Nations on Monday (31 August).
GV INTERIOR & SV Security Council, then Elisio de Figueredo speaking. (2 SHOTS)
GV Delegates seated.
SVs PAN Delegates voting. (3 SHOTS)
DE FIGUEREDO: "Mr. President, South African acts of murder, kidnapping, bombing, strafing, massacring of civilians and wanton destruction of life and property, are nothing short of State terrorism. By any criteria whatsoever, the racist regime stands indited for terrorism. Its policies, attitudes, activities, even its justification all point to South Africa's leadership in regional and international terrorism. There is a mounting campaign against terrorism, Mr. President, we have yet to hear the racist regime being condemned."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United States vetoed a Security Council resolution at the United Nations on Monday (31 August). The resolution condemned South Africa for its incursion into Angola and demanded the withdrawal of troops. The United States was the only dissenting country, with Britain casting the lone abstention in the 15-nations council. The resolution was sponsored by the six Third World members, and was presented by Angola's representative Elisio de Figueredo.
SYNOPSIS: This was the climax to debate which continued over four days. During that time, backstage negotiations removed the original clause imposing mandatory sanctions against South Africa. After the vote was lost on the United States veto, the Angolan representative warned the Council his country might invoke a United Nations article providing for individual or collective self-defence until the Council could act.