In a message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Tuesday (21 March) the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: WALDHEIM: "I would also venture to appeal, on this occasion, to the Governments and authorities which persist in following policies of racial discrimination and apartheid to reconsider their course and seek peaceful solutions in accordance with the principles of the Charter. I would earnestly appeal, in particular, to the Government of South Africa to pay heed to the resolutions of the United Nations organs and to chart a new course which would enable that country to play its rightful role in Africa and in the United Nations. I have no doubt that humanity will succeed in eliminating the vestiges of racism and in upholding the dignity of all men and women. The United Nations and the international community must pursue this goal, with persistence and without compromise. Let us on this day pledge to intensify our efforts to fulfil the promises of the Charter and the Declarations of the United Nations and to build a future in which all men shall be equal regardless of race, colour or creed. I thank you."
(The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is held on the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa on March 21st, 1960. On that day 67 Africans were shot dead by police during a demonstration against the South African law which required Africans to carry passes. Official statements on the Sharpeville killings say the police fired in self-defence when an armed crowd of 20-thousand people tried to storm a police station.
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Background: In a message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Tuesday (21 March) the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, called on all governments following policies of racial discrimination to reconsider their actions.