INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned what it termed an "act of armed aggression" carried out by a group of mercenaries against the West African country of Benin last January.
SV PAN (MUTE) United Nations Security Council meeting
SV United States Deputy Ambassador, Albert Schere, speaking over shots of delegates listening (5 shots)
SCHERE (SEQ 2): "Mr President, the U.S. was able to join in the resolution of the Security Council because of its concern at the armed attack on Benin and the loss of life and damage to property suffered by the people and government of Benin. We ought to extend our sympathy to the people of Benin through their distinguished ambassador to the United Nations, Thomas Boyer. The United States also wishes to express its concern at the apparent violation of the territorial integrity of Benin. As members of this council know very well, threats to the territory or integrity of African states have become a serious problem -- whether by mercenaries or any other type of armed intervention. More than mere lip service and selected concern must be paid to the principle of territorial integrity if international peace and security are to be maintained."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Six people were killed by the raiders, who arrived and departed in an unmarked aircraft, and damage was estimated at more than 20 million U.S. dollars.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned what it termed an "act of armed aggression" carried out by a group of mercenaries against the West African country of Benin last January. A resolution was adopted, by concensus, without a vote on Thursday (14 April), but the 15-nation council did not identify any governments as having been responsible for the three-hour attack against Benin's economic capital, Cotonou. It appealed to all states to help Benin repair the damage and losses.
SYNOPSIS: One of the speakers who expressed concern at the apparent violation of territorial integrity was the United States Deputy Ambassador, Albert Schere.