The United Nations special session on South-West Africa has been told that the prospects for reconciling different approaches to the problem seem bleak.
The United Nations special session on South-West Africa has been told that the prospects for reconciling different approaches to the problem seem bleak. The General Assembly is trying to find a way of implementing a decision taken six months ago which would make South-West Africa the direct responsibility of the UN in place of South Africa.
Mr Max Jakobson, of Finland, who was chairman of an ad hoc committee formed to recommend courses of action to the world body, said the committee had failed to agree on a single set of proposals. He pointed, however, to the fact that the resolution to divest South Africa of its administration of the territory had been adopted by 124 votes to two, with three abstentions, and called the decision "an irrevocable step".
For Ethiopia, Mr Endalachew Makonnen called for the immediate establishment of UN machinery in the territory in place of South Africa. The Assembly had also, he said, to admit the need of enforcement action by the Security Council in the event of "further defiance" by South Africa.