South African Prime Minister, John Vorster, has rejected Monday's (21 June) World Court ruling that South Africa should surrender its occupation of South West Africa.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: VORSTER: "If any value at all is to be attached to this opinion, it would certainly set an extremely dangerous precedent, for states in general. The question can be asked, if the court now wishes to turn the United Nations into a world parliament. It is therefore not surprising that some judges tried to cover completely, by saying that the precedent is valid only for South Africa, and not for other states. I need scarcely add that they have not even tried to indicate the legal basis for such a distinction. But the majority opinions may be rejected not only on legal grounds. The majority can indicate no acceptable factual basis, which would justify the termination of our right of administration. It will be clear, from what I have already said, that the government has no hesitation in rejecting the majority opinion. An advisory opinion, by its very nature, if of no binding force. And in the present case it is totally unconvincing. It is our duty to administer South West Africa, so as to promote the well-being and progress of its inhabitants. We will carry out this duty, with a view to self-determination, for all population groups. We have guided and administered the peoples of South West Africa for more than half a century, in a manner which has earned their whole-hearted confidence. We have set them on the way of peace, prosperity, and self-determination. And we do not intend to fail that trust."
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Please refer to VISNEWS Production No. 7024/71, issued on 21 June, which deals with the decision of the International Court of Justice.
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Background: South African Prime Minister, John Vorster, has rejected Monday's (21 June) World Court ruling that South Africa should surrender its occupation of South West Africa. In an address to the nation on Monday night, the Prime Minister dismissed the World Court's advice to the United Nations Security Council that South Africa illegally occupied South West Africa, and he declared that his government would continue to administer the territory.
South Africa was granted a mandate to administer the former German colony by the League of Nations 50 years ago. The International World Court, at the Hague has now supported a U.N. decision that the mandate should be revoked, and that the territory should be administered by a U.N. Commission. The Court reached its decision on a 13-2 majority, with the British and French judges dissenting.