At the United Nations the General Assembly has approved a comprehensive programme against South Africa consisting of 10 resolutions.
GV United Nations General Assembly in session during debate on apartheid
SV Assembly President and others seated
SV West German delegate addressing Assembly
SV Israeli delegate addressing Assembly
SV US delegate addressing Assembly
ENGLISH SPEECH ON FILM STARTS WEST GERMANY AMBASSADOR RUDIGER VON WECHMAR: "The most important restraint which the Federal Republic of Germany imposes on itself in its relations with South Africa concerns the military sector. It is the firm and established policy of the Federal government not to supply arms to South Africa. There is no such thing as military cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and South Africa. As early as 1963, long before the Federal Republic of German became a member of the United Nations, the Federal Government placed an embargo pursuant to the Security Council resolutions upon the supply to South Africa of military weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and installations for the production of war material declaring that it would refrain from any military cooperation with South Africa."
ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CHAIN HERZOG: "Because this has been turned into an anti-Israeli issue, ignoring as it does the major moral problem of apartheid which should be exercising this body, because those who prepared the resolution against Israel are guilty of crimes with which they accuse others. Because what we are called upon to participate in is a monstrous act of deceit, and a cynical vote based on international hypocrisy, and unscrupulous falsehood, my delegation will have none of it."
U.S. DELEGATE FATHER ROBERT HUPP: "We do not believe that the situation in South Africa, however abhorrent the policies of the South African government, constitutes threat to international peace or security. It's also clear that this lengthy resolution is tantamount to a call for an uprising in South Africa which would be in effect a racial bloodbath. My government cannot subscribe to the thesis that this is the best or only way to work for peace in South Africa. The United States has voted no on Draft Resolution A/31/L14 concerning a programme of action against apartheid. The United States government is not prepared to support a comprehensive regime of sanctions against South Africa which this and other draft resolutions have called for, nor to provide assistance for a violent uprising in South Africa. We also have serious reservations on the financial implications of the programme of action and the drawing of UN specialised agencies into this clearly political campaign."
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Background: At the United Nations the General Assembly has approved a comprehensive programme against South Africa consisting of 10 resolutions. Among the resolutions approved on Tuesday (9 November) was one calling for the isolation of South Africa both economically and diplomatically, and a mandatory arms embargo. Another resolution condemned what was called the "increasing collaboration by israel with the South African racist regime".
SYNOPSIS: Although the resolutions were passed, there was much opposition in the General Assembly to them. Among the delegations speaking against them was West Germany, Israel and the United States.