NEW DELHI, INDIA
In New Delhi, the meeting of non-aligned states discussed on March 10 the Gulf War, namibian independence and Afghanistan.
NEW DELHI, INDIA
1. GV Opening of session 0.07
2. SV Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe asking meeting to pressure UN re South West Africa (SOT) 0.35
3. GV Delegates listen to Afghan Prime Minister. His Excellency Sultan Ali Keshtmand (VOICE OF ER AFGHAN SOT) (2 shots) 0.58
4. GV Delegates listen to Iranian Prime Minister Ossein Massive speaks (VOICE OVER FALSI SOT) (2 shots) 1.12
5. SV President Zia ul Haq of Pakistan speaking (SOT) 1.39
6. SV Ugandan President Dr Milton Obote speaking (SOT) 1.59
7. SV Delegates listen to Iraqi Vice President Taha Muhiddin Ma'arouf speaking (VOICE OVER ARABIC SOT) (2 shots) 2.27
ROBERT MUGABE (SEQ. 2): "We must give all-round assistance and support to SWAPO, the sole and authentic representative liberation movement of the struggling Namibian people. This conference, moreover, should now call upon the Security council to meet as soon as possible and take appropriate measure to compel south Africa to comply forthwith with its resolutions and decisions on the Namibian question."
ZIA UL HAQ: (SEQ. 5): We believe that the message of this summit to the rest of the world must be that the non-aligned countries will strive for co-operation rather than conflict. That they expect their partners in the industrialised world to share in equal measure the responsibility for ensuring a dignified life free from want, deprivation and exploitation for the whole of mankind."
MILTON OBOTE (SEQ. 6): "My government was overthrown in January 1971 because the state of Israel wanted a base in Uganda, which could divert some special military force from Sudan and Egypt, from any war in the Middle East. And I wa not prepared to give them that base.
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Background: NEW DELHI, INDIA
In New Delhi, the meeting of non-aligned states discussed on March 10 the Gulf War, namibian independence and Afghanistan. Mr. Robert Mugabe, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe urged the conference to support SWAPo(South West African People's Organisation) in their struggle to attain independence. Lack of progress over this issue was, he said, "an international scandal and a shame". He said the United Nations Security Council should be urged to condemn South African behavior over Namibian independence and its interference in the affairs of its black African neighbours. A conference resolution on Afghanistan called for a political settlement based on the withdrawal of foreign troops and the resettlement of the four million Afghan refugees now in Pakistan and Iran. Sultan Ali Keshtmand, the Prime Minister of the soviet-backed regime in Afghanistan, affirmed that direct talks were the best way to solve his country's problems. Since Pakistan does not recognise the present Afghan government, a settlement would have to be sought via the United Nations. Blaming the United States for the continuing bloodshed, Sultan Keshtmand interference ceased. An Iraqi proposal to end the Gulf War was rejected by the Iranian Prime Minister ossein Massive. The thirty-month-old war could only end he said, if there was evacuation of occupied territories, payment of reparations and condemnation of the aggressor. The Iranians are committed to continuing the war until Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is overthrown. Various leaders including President Zia Ul Haq of Pakistan called on the rest of the world to share responsibility for the problems of developing countries and create a new international economic order. An economic committee has been formed to devise strategies for dealing with the crisis faced by many nations. On March 9, Ugandan President Milton Obote added his voice to critics of Israeli expansion. the conference is due to end on March 11.
Source: DOORDARSHAN (INDIAN TV)