At the United National Security Council session in Addis Ababa, Britain vetoed a resolution aimed at blocking the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement.
GV INTERIOR..Delegates in conference chamber (MUTE)
SCU United Kingdom delegate Sir Colin Crowe speaking
SOUND STARTS: "We've have offered compromises....."
SOUND ENDS:"..... resolution acceptable"
LV President Khalid speaking PAN to delegates voting ZOOM to Crowe voting against
SOUND STARTS: "Will those in favour..."
SCU U.S. delegates listening (2 shots)
SOUND STARTS: "The result....."
SOUND ENDS: "..... Security Council".
"We have offered compromises which in our view would have met the purposes of the sponsors. But the draft resolution on the contrary insists on ignoring our present efforts, except in so far as it demands that they should be abandoned. It prejudges their outcome, and it recommends alternative courses which in the present circumstances are unrealistic and impractical. My delegation therefore does not find this resolution acceptable."
"Will those in favour of the draft resolution please raise their hands..... PAUSE..... thank you: those opposed... PAUSE....abstentions?..... The result of the vote is as follows: In favour nine, against one, abstentions five. Accordingly, the draft resolution has been rejected owing to the negatives vote of a permanent member of the Security Council."
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Background: At the United National Security Council session in Addis Ababa, Britain vetoed a resolution aimed at blocking the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian settlement.
The resolution had been proposed earlier by Sudan, Somalis and Guinea (see Visnews Production No. 1533/72). The voting came Friday evening after the United Kingdom delegate Sir Colin Crowe had explained Britain's position on the issue.
It was Britain's fifth veto on the Rhodesia question. The Soviet Union and the Chinese People's Republic voted for the resolution, together with Guinea, India, Somalis, Sudan, Argentina, Panama and Yugoslavia. The United States, France, Italy, Belgium and Japan abstained.