British delegate Sir Colin Crowe and United States delegate George Bush both backed the activities of the Pearce Commission in Rhodesia on Wednesday during the meeting of the U.
CU UK delegate Sir Colin Crowe speaks
CU US delegate George Bush speaks
SIR COLIN CROWE: "There's no doubt that we are now witnessing a crucial moment in the unhappy history of that territory. And it is only natural that the Security Council should be following developments there with the closest attention. I shall go further. It's sad that some of those developments, particularly those which have led recently to loss of life, and to general unrest, should be viewed with the greatest concern. My Government deplore these incidents, and have aid so publicly. Nevertheless there are other elements in the situation which we must not overlook. We want as complete a report as possible of the state of opinion in Rhodesia, and we want the Pearce Commission to be able to produce a true verdict. Such evidence as is coming to us from inside Rhodesia, suggests that this is precisely what the Rhodesian African, who now for the first time in years have the opportunity to make their views known themselves, which to see happen. For these years it will be clear that my Government does not consider that this is the moment to change course, and set ourselves new directions. My Government hopes that other Governments will, in their wisdom, use their influence to inject calm and patience into the Rhodesian situation."
For the United States, U.S. ambassador George Bush also asked for patient consideration of the Pearce Commission's work.
BUSH: "Had their been no Commission, to independently ascertain the view of all the people in Rhodesia, the real heartbeat of Rhodesia might have remained inaudible to the outside world. To those in power, I would urge move swiftly towards Justice for the majority, re-examine your old premises, do no assume that you can indefinitely decide for the majority without their participation what is good for them. Recognise that the force of history is on the side of racial justice is on the side of self-determination, and that no-one can for-ever stop it. Ultimately you must accommodate to that force or be overwhelmed by it. This is the only way to assure not only justice, but also peace for all races in southern Africa in times to come".
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Background: British delegate Sir Colin Crowe and United States delegate George Bush both backed the activities of the Pearce Commission in Rhodesia on Wednesday during the meeting of the U.N. Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Commission has for some weeks been consulting African opinion in Rhodesia on the proposed Rhodesian Independence Agreement.
Britain was on the eve of using the veto in Addis Ababa to block an African resolution condemning the Rhodesian agreement proposals.
African delegates want a new Constitutional Conference with 'genuine representatives' of the black majority taking part. Without drastic amendment of the resolution containing these proposals, a British veto was inevitable. This was how Sir Colin Crowe stated the British position.