special meeting at the United Nations General Assembly was held on Wednesday (11 October) to observe International Anti-Apartheid year.
SCU Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr Michael Manley, speaking in English at the United Nations General Assembly (3 shots)
GV Standing ovation from Assembly for Mr Manley
GV Delegates arriving for awards for their anti-apartheid work
LV President of the General Assembly, Sr. Indalecio Lievano, introducing in Spanish the Chairman of the UN Special Committee against apartheid Mr Leslie Harriman
LV UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim presenting award to Mr Manley
GV UN Delegates APPLAUDING
SCU Leslie Harriman speaking in English
MANLEY: "We must be prepared to go to all the lengths contemplated by articles 41 and 42 of the Charter. Total sanctions, diplomatic isolation, and even blockades, are not too high a price to pay now to avoid the holocaust that will surely come, and into which we will all be drawn if we fail to act. (APPLAUSE) In the name of every martyr who has died for freedom; in the name of every child who is now facing the blank wall of racial rejection; in the name of all who must now risk their lives to be liberated from the stigma of that shame, let us prepare to act, and let us determine that we shall not fail."
HARRIMAN: "This international year must see the beginning of a determined international effort to quarantine racists as enemies of humanity, and to assist the people of South Africa in asserting their true national independence and sovereignty. The United Nations must go towards the demands and pressures to the exercise of all its manifold powers on the charter and to the mobilisation of all the resources of the international community to seal the final blow on apartheid."
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Background: special meeting at the United Nations General Assembly was held on Wednesday (11 October) to observe International Anti-Apartheid year. The Jamaican Prime Minister, Mr Michael Manley, urged land, sea and air sanctions against South Africa, before he was presented with an award for his work against apartheid. The Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, Mr Leslie Harriman, from Nigeria, spoke after greater effort against apartheid.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Manley's speech received a standing ovation. He and other award winners then assembled, and he was presented with a gold medal by the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, which is headed by Mr Leslie Harriman of Nigeria. The anti-apartheid observance came at a time when feelings were running strongly among some delegates in the United Nations against South Africa's reluctance to accept the UN's plan for transition to independence in Namibia (South West Africa.)
The United Nations Secretary General, Dr Kurt Waldheim, made the presentation, and then Mr Harriman spoke.