Zambia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vernon J. Mwaanga spoke out in an address to?
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TRANSCRIPT: MWAANGA (SEQ. 2): "The cheap and shameful sell-out of the African people of Zimbabwe, by the extent to which Her Majesty's Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary went in appeasing the rebel leader Ian Smith, once again demonstrated the British Government's lack of concern and insensitivity to the welfare of the five million African people of Zimbabwe. We consider it the height of absurdity for Sir Alec to begin his political career as Chamberlain's Parliamentary Private Secretary, with a shameful surrender at Munich in 1939 at the hands of none other than Adolf Hitler, and end it with a shameful surrender at Salisbury in 1971 at the hands of none other than the rebel leader Ian Smith. We consider the signing of this sell-out agreement by Sir Alec as a traitorous act, which will produce unpleasant and far-reaching consequences not only for the British Government, but more so for the white minority regime in Salisbury.
Mr. President, my very distinguished brother and colleague Ambassador Salim of Tanzania, very ably and analysed the British white paper entitled "Proposals for Settlement" in great detail on 30th November, showing why it is impossible for us to accept these proposals as falling within the so-called five principles, which in any case we have never accepted.
Our position on this matter has always been and continues to be that there should be no independence in southern Rhodesia before majority rule."
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Background: Zambia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vernon J. Mwaanga spoke out in an address to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday (2nd December) against the proposals for settlement of the Rhodesian independence dispute Britain has negotiated with the Rhodesian leader Mr. Ian Smith.
The following is an extract from his remarks on the third day of the Rhodesia debate.