The United Nations Security Council has condemned the Rhodesian elections. A Council draft resolution described?
LV: Kuwait Permanent Representative to the UN Abdul Mohsen El-Jeaan, speaking to Council in English.
SV: Chinese delegate listening to speech.
LV: Norway's Ole Algard calling for vote in English.
LV: U.S. and USA delegates abstaining from vote GV AND PAN other delegates voting. (2 shots)
SV: U.K. and USA delegates abstaining
SV: Chairman Security Council announcing in English the results (2 shots)
SV: French delegate listening to Chairman's results.
EL-JEAAN: "How can the Security Council agree to the installation of a new government whose real task is to perpetuate white control in a country where whites make only four percent of the population? The constitutional plan worked out by Ian Smith made sure that whites would retain control of such key government functions as the judiciary, police and the military. It has been rightly said that to observe or even acknowledge the elections would serve only to validate the discriminatory constitutional arrangements in which the elections rest."
ALGARD: "Would those in favour of draft resolution contained in document S/13282 raise their hands."
ALGARD: "The result of the voting is as follows: Twelve votes in favour, no votes against, and three abstentions. The draft resolution has been adopted as Resolution 4418 1979."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council has condemned the Rhodesian elections. A Council draft resolution described the elections as a sham, and called on all states to with-hold recognition of the representatives and organs of the new government. They also favoured continued strict observance of sanctions. Kuwait's Deputy Ambassador Abdul Mohsen El-Jeaan introduced the proposals.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese delegate was among those who apparently had no doubt what to do when the vote was called.
The United States, Britain and France abstained. President Carter has yet to announce the United States policy. The French government says Britain is the only country empowered to exercise legitimate authority in Rhodesia, and British Ambassador Ivor Richard says the British Parliament must maintain its freedom of action.