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    Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon Mwaanga was the first delegate from Africa to speak in the current general debate at the United Nations.

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    GV Delegates in the Assembly (4 shots)

    SV Mr. Vernon J. Mwaanga from Zambia speaks

    GV General Assembly

    SV Mr. Mwaanga speaks again

    "We are aware of the manoeuvres by certain reactionary forces -- whatever the motives -- calculated to undermine recent progressive changes towards the attainment of independence in Angola and Mozambique. We view with dismay for example, the ill-fated attempts by a band of desperate white settlers in Mozambique who resorted to disorder and violence designed to frustrate the popular course of events towards independence. We are, at the same time however, confident that these shameful manoeuvres by a band of settler desperadoes will be completely liquidated. In this regard, we condemn the amassing of troops by the racist and minority regimes of South Africa and Southern Rhodesian along the border with Mozambique. This is a flagrant act of aggression against the territorial integrity of Mozambique. We equally condemn the malicious intention of mercenaries to perpetrate criminal acts against the people of the emerging State of Mozambique. We urge all countries, to prevent the mobilization of their nations for such deplorable acts."

    "South Africa has long been aware that its policy of apartheid is doomed to failure. Because of that it has resorted to militarism, creation of buffer states and downright blackmail. They are collaborating with the illegal rebel regime in Southern Rhodesia, pouring troops in Nambia and have conspired with subversive elements to reverse positive developments in Portuguese colonies. Me. President, my delegation has noted that, for the first time, individuals other than whites have been included in the South African delegation to the General Assembly. Needless to say these persons are victims of circumstances. They are.........puppets of the regime whose presence here is intended to hoodwink the United Nations and the international community into believing that South Africa is changing its policy of apartheid. My delegation condemns this bluff for it only indicates that South Africa does not take seriously the demands of the international community to bring about a genuine change in its policy."

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    Coverage includes excerpts of his speech on the Southern African situation:

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    Background: Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon Mwaanga was the first delegate from Africa to speak in the current general debate at the United Nations. In his speech on Tuesday (24 September) the Zambian Foreign Minister laid stress on continuing colonialism in Africa. He condemned South Africa and Rhodesia for allegedly massing troops along the Mozambique border and appealed to South Africa and the western nations not to permit their citizens to become mercenaries against Mozambique.

    In his address to the 138-nation Assembly, Mr. Mwaanga also denounced the inclusion of non-white advisers in the South african delegation to the U.N. General Assembly. He accused them of being puppets whose presence was supposed to hoodwink the U.N. into believing that South Africa is changing its policy of apartheid and condemned South African for its unwillingness to abolish this policy.

    The Zambian Foreign Minister also touched on a number of wide-ranging international topics.

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