The United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-Four, which is responsible for investigating decolonisation, has begun a week-long meeting in the Yugoslavian capital, Belgrade.
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SALIM: "The international community is duty bound to act, and act decisively, in order to arrest the rapidly deteriorating situation in Southern Africa and to put an end to the misery and suffering that afflict the peoples of Namibia and Zimbabwe, as well as the havoc and destruction that is caused upon the frontline states as a result of the acts of aggression by the minority regimes. Our meetings in Belgrade could not have come at a more timely hour. The Committee intends to give full consideration to all these problems and arrive at specific recommendations with a view to resolving them and preventing further....suffering and bloodshed. More specifically, it is my confident hope that the participants, during our meetings here, will focus on the ways and means to support effectively the liberation movements of Zimbabwe and Namibia -- the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe and SWAPO. Our meetings here should also serve to mobilise further support to the frontline states in order, inter alia, to enhance their defence capabilities so that they can continue to serve on behalf of the United Nations as strategic rear bases for the struggle for freedom and independence of the oppressed peoples of Zimbabwe and Namibia."
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Background: The United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-Four, which is responsible for investigating decolonisation, has begun a week-long meeting in the Yugoslavian capital, Belgrade. Southern African problems were among topics for discussion at the meeting which began on Monday (23 April).
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the Committee, Ambassador Salim Ahmed Salim of the United Republic of Tanzania. Much of his speech dealt with the problems of Southern Africa, and he welcomed delegates from the UN Special Committee against Apartheid and the UN Council for Namibia. Mr. Salim went on to talk specifically about the situation in both Zimbabwe and Namibia.