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    The United Nations Security Council has criticised Britain over its handling of the transfer to black majority rule in Rhodesia.

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    GV UN Security Council PAN OVER delegates (3 shots)

    SV Nigerian Foreign Minister Usman Abubakar, speaking in English

    SV U.K. representative, Sir Anthony Parsons, thumbing through notes

    SV Ghana's President Representative, Henry Van Hien Sekyi, speaking in English

    USMAN ABUBAKAR: "Her Majesty's government must honour its commitment to expel all South African troops and mercenaries from southern Rhodesia. It is common knowledge that there are thousands and thousands of South African troops in the country in gross violation of the Lancaster House agreement. According to knowledgeable western press sources, there are more than five thousand South African airmen and regular troops at the moment in southern Rhodesia, serving as distinct units, are fully integrated into the rebel defence and security forces. There are South African parachute battalions at Ultenda (phonetic) and Siruni (phonetic). There are South African airforce men flying the Mirage jets, helicopters and light aircraft which the illegal regime acquired just before the Lancaster House agreement. All this must be expelled, as no self-respecting African will accept a government installed at the sufferance of South African armed forces."

    HENRY VAN HIEN SEKYI: "Certain influential cliques in places outside the territory, including of course, the Union of South Africa, regards the prospects of a Zimbabwe government dominated by the Patriotic Front with the deepest concern. Together with the racist Pretoria regime these cliques favour a moderate, as they call it, a moderate Zimbabwe government which will maintain close ties with Pretoria. As far as they are concerned, that moderate government can be assured only be the election of the Muzorewa-Smith clique into office. It is the Muzorewa-Smith group therefore which they wish to see winning the elections planned for February in Rhodesia. However, the spontaneous and massive support demonstrated by the Zimbabwe people for the Patriotic Front leaders, Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe on their return to Southern Rhodesia recently, and above all the obvious initial political disadvantages -- all this shows clearly that the Muzorewa-Smith group cannot win the forthcoming elections."

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    Background: The United Nations Security Council has criticised Britain over its handling of the transfer to black majority rule in Rhodesia. Fourteen nations, including the United States, supported a resolution calling for Rhodesian troops and auxiliary forces of political parties to be confined to base in the run-up to the elections. The resolution said Britain needed to create conditions that would ensure free and fair elections and avert the collapse of the Rhodesian Independence settlement signed in London last December.

    SYNOPSIS: The Security Council debate included several calls for South African troops and mercenaries to be expelled from Rhodesia. Nigeria's Foreign Minister, Usman Abubakar, claimed it was common knowledge South African soldiers were still in the country.

    Britain remained silent when the final vote was taken...Ghana's Henry Van Hien Sekyi went on to predict a win for the Patriotic Front.

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