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    The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned South Africa on December 15 for its commando raid into Lesotho.

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    1. GV Security Council members around table. 0.04
    2. SCU Council president calls for vote (SOT) 0.15
    3. GV PAN Delegates voting for/against/abstentions (2 shots) (SOT) 0.43
    4. SCU British representative speaks (SOT)/GV other delegates (4 shots) 1.12
    5. SV French delegates speaks (FRENCH SOT) 1.58
    6. SV Ugandan representative speaks (SOT) 2.26
    WLODZIMIERS (SEQ. 2/3) "Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in document S-15524 please raise their hands. Thank you. Those against. Abstentions. The results of the voting is as follows: 15 voted in favour, zero votes against , zero abstentions."
    THOMSON: (SEQ. 4) "Mr President. It follows that my government can see no justification for the action undertaken by the South African Defence Forces. South Africa has wilfully breached the principles of international law, of the United Nations charter and civilised behaviour between nations."
    UGANDAN REPRESENTATIVE (SEQ. 6): "Lesotho has continued to receive and host refugees fleeing from the oppression in South Africa. For these reasons, Lesotho has become the target of South African aggression. Yet it is clear that the real threat to the apartheid system lies within South Africa itself."

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    Background: UNITED NATIONS

    The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned South Africa on December 15 for its commando raid into Lesotho. Forty-two people, some of them refugees, were killed in the attack on Maseru on December 9 -- which South Africa claimed was to halt guerrilla operations from the Lesotho capital. When the Security Council President Mr Wlodzimiers called for the vote, the 15 nation council displayed a rare act of unanimity with no votes against and no abstentions. The resolution also approved a demand for compensation from Pretoria for damage to life and property.

    The British ambassador to the UN, Sir John Thomson said his government could see no justification for the South African raid and described it as a wilful breach of international law, the United Nations charter and of civilised behaviour between nations. He was supported by the French delegate who took issue with the South African claim that their raid had been preventive--and the Ugandan representative who said Lesotho had become a target because it gave shelter to refugees fleeing South Africa's apartheid policy.

    Lesotho is economically bound to South Africa, which entirely surrounds the impoverished, landlocked nation. No attempt was made by the Security Council to invoke sterner economic measures than compensation--which Pretoria is not expected to heed.


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