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    INTRODUCTION: The African members of the United Nations security council have formally proposed a mandatory embargo on arms sales to South Africa.

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    GV INTERIOR Security council chamber (mute)

    MV Tanzanian representative Salim Ahmed Salim addressing council in English

    GV PAN Security council chamber (mute)

    MV West German representative Baron Rudiger von Wechmar addressing council in English


    TANZANIAN REPRESENTATIVE SALIM AHMED SALIM: SEQ. 2: "The challenge before this council is to put an end to the misery in South Africa. It is to overcome the challenge constantly thrown at this council by the Vorster regime. The security council must act once and for all to stop the flow of arms to South Africa. An imposition of a mandatory arms embargo under chapter seven of the charter is long overdue. The council also must act to dissuade any type of economic co-operation with that regime. At the very minimum the security council must act to endorse the significant initiative by the government of Sweden in prohibiting further investment in South Africa. But above all Mr. President the council must provide legacy in taking such measures which are necessary to insure that freedom and justice prevail in South Africa and indeed in the whole of southern Africa."

    SEQ. 4: WEST GERMAN REPRESENTATIVE, BARON RUDIGER VON WECHMAR: "We propose that the security council in a solemn declaration proclaim those principles concerning southern Africa on which we all agree. On the basis of this declaration and together with the other members of the security council we pledge sincere efforts and action in South Africa with the view to overcome the present deadlock. The fact that some of South Africa's most important trading partners are joining their efforts to that end should dispel any doubt on the part of Pretoria as to the seriousness of the undertaking and the need to achieve progress. My government is ready to shoulder its responsibility as a member of this council."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The African members of the United Nations security council have formally proposed a mandatory embargo on arms sales to South Africa. They have also recommended that all governments block further investment and loans to South Africa, as suggested by the government of Sweden. The proposals were submitted on Wednesday (30 March) when the council met behind closed doors to consider rival texts of a draft declaration against apartheid, sponsored by a group of western countries led by the United States.

    SYNOPSIS: MUTE: Tanzanian representative Salim Ahmed Salim put the African countries' position.

    (MUTE) West German representative, Ambassador Rudiger von Wechmar, also put a proposition before the council.

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