In the United Nations debate on Rhodesia, the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim A. Salim, Said?
In the United Nations debate on Rhodesia, the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim A. Salim, Said that Africans would not accept compromise, and it was now up to Britain to act "to assert its authority and change the present power structure in Rhodesia."
Mr Salim also attacked Western countries for "strengthening" white rule in Southern Africa, and regretted that the United States, a permanent member of the security council, "had chosen to strengthen the illegal, racist minority regime of Ian Smith by importing chrome from Southern Rhodesia in Absolute contravention of the sanctions imposed by the security council against that territory."
The debate on Rhodesia had been requested by Guinea, Somalia and Sudan. It was opened by Mr. Meddi Zentar, of Morocco, who said the Smith regime must be given no chance to survive -- although, despite U.N. sanctions, it was fending very well for itself. Mr Elijah Mudenda, Zambia's Foreign Minister, said Britain had taken no concrete steps in positive response to the Pearce Commission's findings that most Rhodesians rejected the settlement worked out by Mr Smith and the British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home. He said Britain should arrange a constitutional conference to be attended by the leaders of every section of the Rhodesian people.
SYNOPSIS: In the United Nations debate on the Rhodesian situation, a call for British action. It came from the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim A. Salim.