During a United Nations General Assembly debate on the work of the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonisation, African speakers yesterday (Tuesday) attacked white minority rule in Southern Africa, and Portugal's administration of her African territories.
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TANZANIAN AMBASSADOR: "Portugal continues to receive substantial assistance from her allies, which apparently have a deep-seated, vested interest in Portugal's prolonging colonial dominations over her African territories. A point has been repeatedly and cogently made, both from this rostrum and other forums, that alone, the small underdeveloped countries could not possibly carry on a colonial war on three fronts: in Guines-Bissau, in Mozambique and Angola.
Similarly, the governing circles and the financial oligarchies in Salisbury and Pretoria, in collusion with their allies and trading partners are rapaciously plundering Zimbabwe and Namibia. The wealth manganese, chromium, nickel, copper, zince, silver - to name but a few, as well as their vast water resources and unlimited agricultural potential is being exploited by intensive exploitative methods through the use of African labour, working under the foulest conditions, than under any system of slavery ever known to have existed in the history of making. The more than five-million Africans in Zimbabwe remain resolutely opposed to the high-handed imposition on them of a non-representative, discriminatory form of government by the Assist, white minority. Continued, and systematic, use of its veto by the Untied Kingdom on resolutions calling for such fundamental requirements can only result in the further entrenchment of racialist policies in the territory, by the illegal regime, and further enhance the credibility gap of the British authorities as to their repeated declarations to be as one with international community in working for an end of the rebellion in Her Majesty's colony."
A text of Mr Salim's comments follows
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Background: During a United Nations General Assembly debate on the work of the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonisation, African speakers yesterday (Tuesday) attacked white minority rule in Southern Africa, and Portugal's administration of her African territories.
Speaking during the debate, Tanzanian Ambassador Salim A Salim described Portuguese military action in its African territories as "wanton barbarism."
Mr. Salim accused Portugal of unjustly exploiting the mineral resources of its territories and of maintain African labour "under far worse conditions than any known under slavery."
He also accused the Untied Kingdom of helping cause "further entrenchment of racialist policies" in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) by use of her vote.
SYNOPSIS: In the United Nations General Assembly debate on Tuesday, the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim, attacked Portuguese influence in Africa and the minority regime in Rhodesia.