Third World members of the United Nations Security Council tabled a resolution on Wednesday (29 June) which, if passed, would allow countries to pour unlimited military equipment into Mozambique.
GV: United Nations Security Council in session. (MUTE)
SV: permanent representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya speaking in English.
GV: security council (MUTE)
SV: Mauritius Representative, Radha Krishna Ramphul speaking in English.
COUNSELLOR: "Mr. President, steps must be taken to extend support and economic and material assistance to the people of the Republic of Mozambique to enable it to strengthen its defence capabilities, to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. And to protect its people against the frequent acts of murder, pillage and violence that they have suffered at the hands of the racist regime in Salisbury. The Peoples of the Republic of Mozambique must also be assisted to enable its people to overcome the tremendous loss incurred as a result of aggression and devastation committed by the illegal racist men of the regime."
RAMPHUL: "Operative paragraphs one and three of the resolution will condemn both the illegal regime for its acts of aggression against Mozambique as well as South Africa for its continued support of that regime. Paragraph two will declare such acts of aggression as well as the attacks and threats against Zambia and Botswana by the illegal regime as a serious aggravation of the situation. Operative paragraph nine deals with a matter which is quite central to the substance of Mozambique's complaint. It requests all states and I quote, "to give immediate material and substantial assistance to enable the government of the Peoples Republic of Mozambique to strengthen its defence capability in order to safeguard effectively its sovereignty and territorial integrity."
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Background: Third World members of the United Nations Security Council tabled a resolution on Wednesday (29 June) which, if passed, would allow countries to pour unlimited military equipment into Mozambique. The proposal requested all states to give immediate and substantial material assistance to enable Mozambique to strengthen its defence. The proposal was in response to Mozambique's complaint that Rhodesian forces had committed repeated acts of aggression against it.
The original draft resolution included the phrase "substantial practical assistance" which the Western powers said might be construed as a proposal to allow outside troops into Mozambique with the Security Council's authority. The sponsors of the resolution met this objection by limiting their proposed appeal to material assistance.
SYNOPSIS: One of the resolution's sponsors was the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. A counsellor from their Security Council Permanent Mission gave his country's reasons.
Another co-sponsor was Mauritius. Their Permanent representative, Radha Krishna Ramphul, explained some of the various points of the resolution.