One of the more controversial among international issues is that of southern Africa. With the?
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SV U Thant (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: U THANT: (SEQ. 2): "In approaching its task in 1971, the Special Committee will, no doubt, wish to reflect on the present slow rate of progress towards the goal of complete decolonialisation in the remaining 44 dependent territories and on the complex problems which have yet to be resolved.
As I pointed out in my address to the committee last year, the inability of the international community to achieve any major progress in the past few years towards the final goal of the Declaration has been a source of continuing disappointment and frustration. Particularly disquieting has been the failure so far of collective efforts by the international community to put an end to the impasse in southern Africa where no less than 8 million dependent peoples lives under conditions of ruthless discrimination.
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Background: One of the more controversial among international issues is that of southern Africa. With the continuing existence of the 24-nation committee on decolonialisation at the United Nations, the issue is unlikely to die down. A great deal more should, in fact, be heard from the U.N. through the committee's activities. This film on U Thant's address to the committee's first meeting this year on Thursday will, therefore, probably be of some news value depending on the outcome of those activities. For this film we have taken the focal point of U Thant's speech, which is considered to be of some importance.