The United nations Security Council has decided unanimously to tighten the economic sanctions which have been in operation against Rhodesia since 1968.
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SV INTERIOR Tanzanian Ambassador speaking
"Although this recommendation does not go far enough, my delegation nevertheless believes that it is a stop in the right direction and an important one too. Tanzania has repeatedly stated that sanctions cannot be effective unless they are comprehensive, effectively supervised and fully implemented by the whole international community. The largest loopholes of sanctions-busting is still existing in the Republic of South Africa. Other states still present excuses, as the annual report of the sanctions committee shows, as reasons for their failure to effectively implement the letter and spirit of the sanctions resolution. Mr. President, we believe that these sanctions cannot be as effective as we want them to be as long as these loopholes and excuses exist. we believe that sanctions will have to be extended to cover South Africa so long as that country continues to support the rebels in Zimbabwe and so long as it continues to provide facilities for that regime in Rhodesia enabling it to avert sanctions."
On Tuesday the United Nations Security Council unanimously decided to tighten economic sanctions against Rhodesia. One speaker on the subject was Tanzania's Ambassador to the united Nations, Salim Ahmed Salim.
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Background: The United nations Security Council has decided unanimously to tighten the economic sanctions which have been in operation against Rhodesia since 1968.
All 15 members of the council co-sponsored a resolution passed on Tuesday night (6 April) to extend the scope of its boycott of the breakaway British colony. The decision is mandatory on all United nations member states.
The resolution was specifically aimed at preventing Rhodesia's imports and exports from obtaining insurance cover. This would apply to West German, Japanese and french cars which have been finding their way into Rhodesia. It would also cover Rhodesian chrome ore imported into the United States in contravention of the embargo.
Another clause in the resolution is intended t prevent international companies like hotel chains, credit card firms and car rental business from operating in Rhodesia.
Speaking on the resolution, Tanzania's Ambassador Salim Ahmed Salim said that although the resolution did not go far enough his delegation believed that it was a step in the right direction.