The Junior Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr. Isaac Sepetu, told the United Nations in New?
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TRANSCRIPT: "Mr. President, despite international condemnation and opposition, the Smith regime continues to cling to power. In the fight for physical changes to majority rule in Zimbabwe, the leaders of A.N.C.-African National Council -- have left no stone unturned. But all their efforts have been frustrated by the intransigence of the White minority regime. Only last month the leaders of ANC were at Victoria Falls to talk to Smith on the possibility of agreeing on the principle of majority rule in Zimbabwe. Smith deliberately wrecked the talks and went all out to create obstacles which make any further talks impossible. In this view of the foregoing, Mr. President, the people of Zimbabwe can either acquess to live in perpetual slavery, in bondage or resume and intensify the armed perpetual slavery, in bondage or resume and intensify the armed struggle for their liberation. Much as Africa would have preferred a peaceful solution to this problem we must state very clearly that time has run out. And we shall no alternative but to support the people of Zimbabwe when they decide to order the resumption and inter justification of the armed struggle in accordance with the Dar-ss- Salaam declaration on Southern Africa. The United Nations has a duty and an obligation to take all necessary measures called upon in all resolutions of the security council and the general assembly which aim at the liquidation of the Smith regime. In this connection, in addition to the scrupulous observance of the existing sanctions, there is an urgent need to widen their scope so as to exert maximum pressure on this illegal regime.
This film is serviced with a speech in English by Mr. Sepetu, a transcript of which appears below
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Background: The Junior Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr. Isaac Sepetu, told the United Nations in New York on Friday (26 September) that failed -- and that his government will now support the resumption of the armed struggle against the Smith regime.
Mr. Sepetu told the delegates that in spite of international condemnation and opposition, the white minority Salisbury Government continued in power.
Mr. Sepetu said that the leaders of the African National Council on Rhodesia has explored every peaceful way of gaining majority rule for Rhodesia.
He blamed the Smith regime for scuttling the latest round of talks -- at Victoria Falls last month. An allegation made before, and strongly denied, by Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith.
Mr. Sepetu said that because Mr. Smith has frustrated, and would continue to frustrate all efforts for a peaceful solution, the Tanzania Government has no option but to support the liberation of the country by force of arms.
He appealed to the United Nations to tighten the sanction controls and take other measures to "liquidate" the regime.