The British and Israeli delegates walked out of the General Assembly at the United Nations on Wednesday (1 October) following a strong attack on both countries by Uganda's President Idi Amin.
GV General Amin and Waldheim enter UN conference hall
GV General Amin listening to his Ambassador relay his speech
TRANSCRIPT: KINENE: "Session after session this assembly has spent many hours trying to find solutions to the problems of this organisation which is custodian of world peace and security. There are still some countries which come to this assembly to pay lip service to the cause of liberty, democracy and justice while at the same time continue to practice the very mild practices condemned in this hall. I am glad to mention that despite setbacks, events over the past year (indistinct) of decolonialisation have moved at a faster pace. I refer to the accession to independence by the three former Portuguese colonies of Mozambique, Cape Verde, Saotome and Principe and the former French territory of Comoro and their admission to the Organisation of African Unity at the (indistinct) at Kampala."
(KINENE): I have on behalf of the Organisation of African Unity their admission to the world body and they are convinced that their revolutionary zeal with which they fought for their independence will lead then to make worth their contribution to the deliberation of this organisation. I should also take this opportunity to congratulate the people of the new sate of Papua New Guinea in attaining independence. Africa will consider this new state of the Pacific among the ranks of this world body. At this point it is fitting for me to tell Africa's compliments to the (indistinct) and forces movements for their farsightedness as a result of their very progressive policies since they tool over power last year. Portugal is now in the process of realising the true internationally acceptable limits of her sovereignty."
U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim met Uganda's President Amin when he arrived to speak at the General Assembly on Wednesday. His speech in English was read out by Ugandan delegate Mr. Khalid Younis Kinene.
This film is serviced by part of President Amin's speech read by Mr. Khalid Younis Kinene, a transcript of which appears below.
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Background: The British and Israeli delegates walked out of the General Assembly at the United Nations on Wednesday (1 October) following a strong attack on both countries by Uganda's President Idi Amin.
Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) President Amin was relatively restrained, but when he spoke as the President of Uganda he lashed out at Britain and accused it of blackmail over Northern Ireland. He then went on to call for the expulsion of Israel from the United Nations and the extinction of Israel as a state so that the territorial integrity of Palestine would be ensured and upheld.
Dressed in full uniform and decorated with numerous medals President Amin made his opening remarks in his native Ugandan language since he says he is a pure and proper son of Africa and does not believe in any colonial and imperialist language. The rest of his address, which lasted an hour, was read in English by Uganda's representative Mr. Khalid Younis Kinene.
President Amin also attacked other western nations including America for its subjugation of its negroes, then went on to congratulate black emerging nations who have gained independence in the last year.
He also proposed that each of the regional groupings in the U.N. should be given a bloc veto in the security council, a power at present confined to the five permanent council members, Britain, China, France, the United States and the Soviet Union.
U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim met uganda's President Amin when he arrived to speak at the General Assembly on Wednesday. His speech in English was read out by Ugandan delegate Mr. Khalid Younis Kinene.