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    In Belgrade on Monday (23 April) the United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-four opened the first of a series of meetings to discuss decolonisation.

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    SV ZOOM TO GV United a Nations symbol TO GV conference hall

    SV Tanzanians delegate Mr. C.M. Lambani speaking (3 shots)

    SV PAN Delegates at table

    SV Indian Ambassador to U.N., Mr. N. Krishnan speaking (2 shots)

    SV United Nations from Tunisia, Mr. Zouhie Chelli speaking in French (3 shots)

    LAMBANI: "Mr. Chairman, my delegation wishes to emphasise that the mockery of installing black faces in the Smith regime and the conducting of bogus elections does not transfer effective power from the present minority to the majority of the people in Zimbabwe. It is for this reason that we add our weight to the condemnation of what has transpired in Zimbabwe, whose sole purpose, it would appear, would be that of condemning over ninety-five percent of the population to continued minority rule, al???it with a mixed grill of new and old faces."

    KRISHNAN: "I would like to use this occasion to reiterate the total political moral and material support of the Government and the people of India to the people of Namibia, under the leadership of SWAPO,and the people of Zimbabwe under the leadership of the Patriotic Front, in their struggle for national independence, based on majority rule and human dignity. India will continue to render support to them, both bilaterally and multilaterally through the various U.N. agencies.

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    Background: In Belgrade on Monday (23 April) the United Nations Special Committee of Twenty-four opened the first of a series of meetings to discuss decolonisation. The meetings, which were scheduled to last seven days, began with speeches in support of the black nationalist movements in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Namibia (South-West Africa).

    SYNOPSIS: The opening message was read by Yugoslavian Secretary for External Affairs Mr. Josip Vrhovec. Then the Tanzanian delegate Mr. C.M. Lambani condemned the recent Rhodesian elections.

    Delegates listened to speakers from Chile, Indonesia, Bulgaria, and Ethiopia, followed by the Indian Ambassador to the U.N. Mr. N. Krishnan.

    Mr. Zouhir Chelli from Tunisia, speaking in French, told the delegates that his country cried out for a peaceful solution to the Southern African conflicts. He said the sufferings inflicted on the peoples of that region create an atmosphere of insecurity and tension that threatens the peace of not only the African continent but of the whole world. Because of this, he said, the Western nations have an important if not crucial responsibility to assume. Only the application of sanctions and the adherence by South Africa to U.N. decisions can rapidly lead to a peaceful and just solution to these problem, he said. The meetings end on Monday (30 April).

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