INTRODUCTION As the United Nations debate on South Africa continued on Friday (25 March), representatives from Sweden, Zambia and the African National Congress (ANC) condemned international investment in South Africa.
SV - Zambian representative, Dunstan Kamana speaking
SV - Ex Premier of Sweden speaking, Olof Palme
SV - Representative of the African National Congress, Mfanafuthi Makatini
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: KAMANA: "I'm aware that there is supposed to be a voluntary arms embargo against South Africa. By its very nature Mr. President, this embargo has not been effective. Security Council must no longer leave it to the good will of states to ban arms sales and other forms of military collaboration with South Africa. What is needed now is a mandatory arms embargo which obliges every state to terminate all military relations with South Africa. Any country claiming to have imposed the voluntary arms embargo against South Africa cannot have a valid reason for opposing a mandatory arms embargo. Another area of grave concern is that of economic collaboration with South Africa. Such collaboration has in fact sustained and strengthened apartheid in no small measure. The time has come for the Security Council to address itself seriously to this problem."
SEQ 2: PALME: "For us in Europe with our colonial past, it is necessary to be crystal clear, we will never accept Smith's and Voster's perversion of Western democracy. Their oppression and racism will never be included in a free world. They represent the very opposite of democracy. They are denying the peoples of Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa the most fundamental human and political rights, the same rights that the European labour union was denied and that formed the basis of the original programmes of our liberation movement. Therefore the workers of Europe historically are linked in solidarity with their oppressed brothers and sister in Africa."
SEQ 3: MAKATINI: "South Africa has built a garrison state, (indistinct) equipped with the most modern and deadly weapons, equipped indeed with a military nuclear capability. This new and more arrogant position on the part of the apartheid regime has been made possible by the growing support which it is receiving from other countries, support which is partly invisible but absolutely critical for the present regime. These countries under the guise of business as usual have in fact been helping to finance an army power which is moving away from any possibility of (indistinct) It is clear that they are doing so because they believe that by arming and protecting South Africa they are also protecting their own interests in the Southern African regions."
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Background: INTRODUCTION As the United Nations debate on South Africa continued on Friday (25 March), representatives from Sweden, Zambia and the African National Congress (ANC) condemned international investment in South Africa. Addressing the council both the Zambian Ambassador, Dunstan Kamana, and former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme recommended a mandaroty embargo on arms sales to South Africa. The ANC spokesman, Mr. Mfanafuthi Makatini also criticised the growing support which the South Africa regime is receiving.