The United Nations Security Council started a debate on Tuesday (28 June) on a Mozambique complaint of Rhodesian aggression.
GV INTERIOR United Nations Security Council meeting. (MUTE)
SV Mozambique Minister for Development and Planning, Dr. Marcelino dos Santos addressing meeting. (Portuguese speech)
SV Angolan First Vice-Prime Minister Jose Edwardo dos Santos (French speech)
Initials VS 18.15
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The United Nations Security Council started a debate on Tuesday (28 June) on a Mozambique complaint of Rhodesian aggression.
Third world members of the Security Council approved the text of the proposed resolution in private consultations on Tuesday night, but western members have reserved their position. Britain is still regarded by the United Nations as the administrative authority for Rhodesia, and British delegation sources said the proposed text could be both better and worse.
SYNOPSIS: The Council is also considering a resolution calling on all states to help Mozambique strengthen its defences against Rhodesia.
The Vice-President of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party, Dr. Marcelino dos Santos asked the Security Council for military assistance to repulse what he said were repeated act of aggression by white-ruled Rhodesia. Dr. dos Santos, who is also Minister for Development and Planning, said Rhodesian incursions -- several have been admitted by the Salisbury government -- had caused damage worth more than 13 million dollars (GBP7.6 million sterling) in Mozambique.
Dr. dos Santos said it therefore became imperative that the international community contribute to the reinforcement of Mozambique's defensive capability, by supplying the equipment necessary for effectively defending the 12-hundred kilometres (750 miles) of common frontier with southern Rhodesia.
He said his people needed arms to defend and consolidate the peace and to be able to rebuild on the ruins of colonialism. They only needed the equipment to effectively face the aggression from Rhodesia, whose offensive capability was constantly being reinforced.
The Angolan First Vice-Prime Minister, Mr. Jose Edwardo dos Santos also spoke in support of Mozambique. Mr dos Santos condemned the aggression of the regime of Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, and called upon the Security Council to act against it.
Zambia's Foreign Minister, Dr. Siteke Mwale, said the white Rhodesian authorities were trying to externalise the conflict by directly involving South Africa and deliberately provoking the "front line" African states. He said the situation in southern Africa had the seeds for a polarised global conflict.