A United Nations delegation from the Special Committee against Apartheid visited Zambia on a three-day fact finding mission as part of a tour of Frontline States.
1. SVs INTERIOR United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid delegation leader Mohamed Sahnoun of Algeria, speaking. (English SOT) 1.52
SAHNOUN: (SEQ 1) "We have already a first visit in Zimbabwe. We spent there three days. We had very thorough discussions with the present authorities and with several ministers. We have been able to gather very important evidence on the acts of destabilisation directed towards Zimbabwe by the South African regime. Now the Zimbabwean authorities told us that it seems to them that South Africa has developed specific strategies for each of the countries which are neighbouring the territory which the apartheid regime controls. In Zimbabwe the strategy is very subtle. It is not open physical presence or aggressin as in the case of Lesotho or as in the case of Mozambique or Angola. The strategy followed towards Zimbabwe is to try to prove that there is no possibility for multinational society to exist in Zimbabwe under black majority rule. The aim is to create insecurity within the country. One of the methods is to try to prey on tribal issues. For instance, we are told that now radio broadcasts have been set up using tribal language... very, very strong broadcasts.")
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Background: LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
A United Nations delegation from the Special Committee against Apartheid visited Zambia on a three-day fact finding mission as part of a tour of Frontline States. The delegation led by Mohamed Sahnoun, Algeria's permanent representative at the Un, has been collection information on acts of aggression by the South African regime against its neighbour states. Speaking in Lusaka on April 13, Mr. Sahnoun said during the delegation's visit to Zimbabwe they had gathered evidence of a subtle campaign to prove that a multicrucial society was impossible under black majority rule. He said South African interference included radio broadcasts aimed at increasing tribal conflict. The Committee found that other states were faced with more open attacks but did not reveal specific details of South Africa's subversive activity. The seven-member delegation is due to visit Tanzania on the next stage of tis mission.
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