The United Nations General Assembly accepted an amendment offered by 22 African States to reject the credentials of the South African delegation for the current 27th session.
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"Mr. President. Conscious as we are of the non-representative character of the apartheid regime in Pretoria and aware as we must all be not only to the continued repugnant and inhuman racial policies of that regime--but also of its outlawish nature, my delegation as well as the other sponsoring delegations are confident that our amendment will receive the support of all the freedom and peace-loving members of this Assembly."
Speaking before the vote, the South African Ambassador Carl von Hirschberg denounced the proposal as illegal and invalid under the rules of procedure and the Charter. Then, Mr. Von Hirschberg accused the sponsors of the amendment of political expedience.....
"This is an organisation within whose forum opportunities exist for representatives to come together and to join in a search to the solutions for world problems, whatever their nature and whatever their origin. This is what the United Nations is all about. Differences of opinion, arising from differing standpoints, provide barriers enough to the work of the United Nations. Let us not add to those barriers by artificially creating problems where none previously existed. This unfortunately is what is happening today. We are being asked, whatever the motivation, to subordinate constitutionality to political expedience, and this is divisive and disruptive."
The move--taken for the third successive year--is a token gesture only and will not affect the right of the South African delegation to take part in United Nations debates.
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly accepted an amendment offered by 22 African States to reject the credentials of the South African delegation for the current 27th session.
The World body accepted the vote by 65 to 40, with 21 members abstaining.
The amendment was introduced by the Tanzanian Ambassador Salim Salim (ed: correct) who said that acceptance of the South African delegations' credentials would be tantamount to capitulating to the policies of the "racist regime and a great moral setback to he people of South Africa."