The Special Committee on Apartheid, set up by the United Nations General Assembly met in the Republic of Ireland for a special session on Monday (20 May).
GV Committee in session
CU Dr. Fitzgerald (Irish Foreign Minister)
SV Fitzgerald beside Dr. Ogbu speaking
MR. OGBU: "It is hardly necessary for me to speak about the inhumanity of apartheid or the need for international action to eliminate it. We are well aware that you yourself have long been a part of the anti-apartheid movement which has made a significant contribution in the past decade in supporting the oppressed people of South Africa and thereby cementing the bonds of fraternity between the Irish people and the South African people as well as those opposed to racism." (APPLAUSE)
COMMITTEE MEMBER: "Members of the Special Committee greatly appreciate what the government and people of Ireland have done for the cause of freedom in South Africa. We welcome the support and initiative of the Irish Government as regards United Nations action against apartheid."
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Background: The Special Committee on Apartheid, set up by the United Nations General Assembly met in the Republic of Ireland for a special session on Monday (20 May). The session was one of four that have been scheduled in European cities, in an effort to create wider public awarenmess of the problem of apartheid and of the efforts of the United Nations against it.
At Monday's meeting in Dublin, the Irish capital, the Chairman of the 16-member Committee, Edwin Ogbe Ogbe of Nigeria, welcomed the Irish contribution to the fight against racial discrimination.
Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald, the Irsih Minister of Foreign Affairs, was one of the guests at the Dublin sessoin. Representatives of civil rights groups, anti-apartheid groups, trade unions and students were also invited.
The Committee is to meet in Rome, Berlin and Geneva later in the month.