The United Nations General Assembly has begun its annual debate on South Africa's policy of apartheid, with a series of condemnations of the policy.
MV Tanzanian Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. M.A. Foum speaking in English
FOUM: "To most, the end of the Second World War meant the official demise of Naziism. But to those who have continued to languish under the policy of apartheid and colonialism, Naziism is still a contemporary feature. The institutionalism of the apartheid system, of incarceration in South Africa and Namibia, the detentions, political assassinations, unfair and summary trials and genocide, parallel the crimes committed by the Nazis against humanity. It is pathetic that we should continue to witness the entrenchment of this barbarous system of apartheid coexisting with civilised practices. It was in the name of civilisation that the war against Naziism was fought. Yet it is purportedly in the name of the same civilisation that some western countries resist discontinuance of cooperations with the racist and apartheid regime of South Africa. For the continued affront to international opinion and the flagrant flouting of this Assembly and Security Council resolutions is made possible to the larger extent by the support extended by these Western countries and others to clandestine operations, direct investment and trade."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly has begun its annual debate on South Africa's policy of apartheid, with a series of condemnations of the policy. Nigeria, which expects to gain 15 million dollars (7.5 million pounds) in oil revenues, was among those who condemned apartheid and any country who trades with South Africa. The Nigerian delegate, Akporode Clark, warned that any country wanting to trade with Nigeria should trim their ties with South Africa. And Sweden called for an official order from the Security Council curbing foreign investment in that country. The Tanzanian Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. M.A. Foum, said apartheid was like Naziism.