INTRODUCTION: Tanzania, in the United Nations Security Council, has supported a complaint by Botswana that Rhodesia has been carrying out "unprovoked acts of war" against it.
INTRODUCTION: Tanzania, in the United Nations Security Council, has supported a complaint by Botswana that Rhodesia has been carrying out "unprovoked acts of war" against it. Botswana says the purpose is to intimidate the Seretse Khama administration, which has been granting asylum and aid to refugees from Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: The Tanzanian deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Sepetu, said Botswana's charges were the concern of the entire international community. The United Nations had proclaimed support for Zimbabwe, he said, and Botswana had done no more than be faithful to the cause and shelter those fleeing from racism. The Botswana debate was the first of the year for the Security Council, and the first for new Soviet Chief delegate, Oleg Troyanovskoy.
Unlike other council members speaking for the first time this year, the Chinese representative Lai Ya-li omitted the usual courtesies and had no word of welcome for the Soviet Union's Mr. Troyanovskoy, who took up the president's post the previous week.
Mr. Lai said the Soviet Union and the United States were stepping up their fierce rivalry over southern Africa. One, the United States, was doing its utmost to support racist regimes to protect its vested interests, he said. The other, the Soviet Union, was busy waving the banner of resisting racialism and national discrimination. But in reality it was attempting to sabotage the national liberation movements, he said.