INTRODUCTION: More than 120 members of the United Nations called for tough economic and oil sanctions against South Africa at a conference which ended in Paris on Wednesday (27 May).
GV INTERIOR Delegates applauding.
SCU Clark speaking in English.
SCU Kouri speaking in Spanish.
Salim speaking in English CUTAWAY delegates applauding (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
(SEQ. 2): CLARK:"By the declaration we have determined a clear choice between the cause of freedom in Africa and complicity with apartheid South Africa. There are no two ways about it - those of us who participated have made a choice, an irrevocable choice. We shall carry on the struggle until apartheid is totally eliminated, and until Namibia attains full independence. Those countries and the delegates who stayed away must wrestle with their own conscience. It is for them to decide for themselves whether a regime that will not last another five years is worth antagonising the whole of African for."
SPEECH ON FILM(TRANSCRIPT)
(SEQ. 4): SALIM:"This conference has not only demonstrated the importance of enforcing sanctions against South Africa as a vital element to bring about an end to the apartheid regime, it has also served to dispel the myth that sanctions will hurt more the poor people of South Africa and the independent African states in Southern Africa. The conference has nonetheless not ignored some of the short-term difficulties which will affect the southern African states and to this end the conference has called for practical assistance to enable these countries to overcome such difficulties."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than 120 members of the United Nations called for tough economic and oil sanctions against South Africa at a conference which ended in Paris on Wednesday (27 May). The final session of the week-long UN-sponsored sanctions conference adopted a declaration on voluntary sanctions against South Africa as a protest against its apartheid policy. The Chairman of the conference, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Salim Salim, attacked what he described as the myth that trade sanctions hurt black Africa harder than South Africa and his stand was echoed by the majority of delegates.
SYNOPSIS: The Nigerian delegate, Akporode Clark, stressed he need to fight apartheid until it is eliminated.
Mr. Clark's place at the rostrum was taken by Raul Kouri, the Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations. Speaking on behalf of the Latin-American Group, he said he was convinced that Namibia would soon be free and its black population would be able to exercise the right to self-determination. It was the task of the conference to accelerate that process, he said, and promised that the Latin-American Group would use all the means at its disposal to attain that goal. Mr. Kouri declared that no earth could destroy a people's will to be free. He was followed by the conference Chairman. Salim Salim.