The United Nations General Assembly strongly condemned on Friday (5 November) the nuclear and military collaboration which it said existed between the "racist minority regime of South Africa" and Britain, France, West Germany, Israel and the United States.
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SV Afghanistan delegate Mr. Abdul Majid Mangal speaking in English.
GV Voting board moving up to show 93 for, 9 against, and 19 abstentions.
SV President Amerisinghe announcing vote result. (3 shots)
MANGAL: "I would like to draw the particular attention of this Assembly to the deep concern that was expressed by many delegation during the adjournment debate which took place on this item at the growing investments of foreign capital in the production of uranium and military equipment, and the extent of nuclear and military cooperation between the racist minority regime of South Africa and some Western and other countries which increases its nuclear and military capability, and reflects the intensified support of foreign interests in South Africa's continued illegal occupation of Namibia, as well as South Africa's own growth as a nuclear and military power. This concern is reflected in the resolution adopted by floor committee on the subject, and in this connection the collaboration, both in nuclear and military seen between these states and the racist minority regime of South Africa, has been strongly condemned."
AMERISINGHE: "In favour, 93; against, 9; abstentions 19. The draft resolution is adopted."
The draft resolution had been put forward by the Assembly's Committee on Trust and Non-self-governing Territories. The countries that opposed it were Belgium, Britain, France, West Germany, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United States. The lengthy text of the resolution also called on Dr. Kurt Waldheim, the UN Secretary General, to undertake a publicity campaign, through the UN's office of Public Information, to inform World public opinion of the "facts concerning the pillaging of natural resources and the exploitation of the indigenous populations by foreign monopolies and the support they render to the colonialist and racist regimes."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly strongly condemned on Friday (5 November) the nuclear and military collaboration which it said existed between the "racist minority regime of South Africa" and Britain, France, West Germany, Israel and the United States. By a vote of 93 to 9 against, with 19 abstentions, it called on all governments - particularly those five - to refrain from extending facilities enabling South Africa to produce uranium, plutonium and other nuclear materials, reactors or military equipment.
SYNOPSIS: The resolution was sponsored in committee by a block of 33 countries, including Afghanistan represented by Mr. Abdul Majid Mangal.
After the Assembly's voting board registered the delegates' votes, the Assembly's President, Mr. Amerisinghe, announced the result.