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    The United Nations Committee against apartheid has had a call from its members for the 'total elimination of colonialism and apartheid' in southern Africa.

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    GV INTERIOR United Nations 'Committee of 24' against apartheid in session at U.N. headquarters. (MUTE)

    MV United States Ambassador to U.N., Andrew Young, addressing

    MV Tanzanian Ambassador to U.N. Salim Salim addressing meeting.

    GV PAN United Nations Security Council in session. (MUTE)

    MV Nigerian Ambassador to United Nations, Leslie Harriman, addressing Council as President of 'Committee of 24'

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: YOUNG: "The Council is particularly concerned over the situation in Southern Africa, where racial discrimination and the institutionalised violation of human rights are so pervasive. The policies of apartheid are a clear affront to the dignities of man and to the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, and the universal declaration of Human Rights. The members of the Security Council believe that all men and women must be free to participate fully in the national political and economic life of their country."

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: SALIM: "The recent repeal of the Byrd Amendment and the imposition of the United States Government sanctions against the illegal regime is positive and welcome step. It is for the purpose of mobilising such international support that the Special Committee and the Council for Namibia are jointly sponsoring an international conference on Zimbabwe and Namibia in Maputo in May this year. It is hoped that all members of the Special Committee against Apartheid and its esteemed Chairman, Ambassador Leslie Harriman, will participate in this conference so that collective we can map out further strategies towards the total liquidation of colonialism, apartheid and racial discrimination in southern Africa."

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: HARRIMAN: "The embers of the burning bitterness of generations of a people are difficult to suppress, or to extinguish, much to the consternation of some. Very often, the scions of such systems have precipitated revolutions which have led to permanent changes in the history of man. The ingredients of such change are all there in southern africa. Those who have helped and continued to assist the liberation process in Africa, are automatically friends of Africa. The corollary is also valid -- those who don't, are not."

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    Background: The United Nations Committee against apartheid has had a call from its members for the 'total elimination of colonialism and apartheid' in southern Africa. While the Committee discussed the situation at United Nations headquarters on Monday (21 March), and announced an international conference on Rhodesia and South West Africa in Mozambique this May, Committee Chairman Leslie Harriman reported to the Security Council. The two meetings came as the United Nations observed International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    SYNOPSIS: MUTE: The Committee heard U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, and Tanzanian envoy Salim Salim.

    MUTE: The Committee Chairman, Nigerian Ambassador Leslie Harriman, reported to the Security Council.

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