Liberia's Foreign Minister, Mr Cecil Dennis, attacked the South African government in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (October 2nd).
STV Delegates seated at U.N.
GV Liberian Foreign Minister on podium
SCU Liberian Foreign Minister speaking
Mr. Cecil Dennis: "The question which confronts us now is - what next? If a tragic and violent confrontation is to be avoided, and the rights of the people of Namibia assured, then the United Nations and, in particular, the five permanent members of the Security Council, must urgently undertake new initiatives designed to bring about the speedy implementation of the decisions both of the General Assembly and of the Security Council."
Initials APSM/23.42 APSM/2351
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Background: Liberia's Foreign Minister, Mr Cecil Dennis, attacked the South African government in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (October 2nd). Mr. Dennis said the South African police had "murdered several black workers whose only crime was their boldness in pointing out the inequities of existing employment practices and economic benefits." Several Africans were killed when South African police opened fire on gold mine workers at Carletonville, last month when they demonstrated for higher wages.
Speaking about Namibia (South West Africa), Mr. Dennis said that Liberia continued to view the question as a special case for the United Nations. A council for Namibia was set up by the U.N. to administer its affairs after the U.N. voted to terminate South Africa's mandate over Namibia. The Council however, remains totally ineffective, Mr. Dennis said. He went on to ask what would happen if the mission of the Secretary General to Namibia ended after this year.