An international anti-apartheid conference which ended in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday (26 August) and was sponsored by the United Nations, called on all states to halt any assistance or cooperation enabling South Africa to obtain nuclear capability.
GV PAN Delegates in conference room. (3 shots)
SV Colonel Joseph Garba speaking in English.
SV Canadian delegate Robert Stanbury speaking in English.
SV Colonel Garba speaking to other delegates.
SV French delegate Mr. Albert Thabault speaking in French.
GARBA: "Governments and organisations participating in the world conference pledge to use their separate and collective efforts forthwith and on a continuing basis to bring about the elimination of apartheid; to provide assistance to the victims of oppression and to lend appropriate support to their...(indistinct) movement in consultation with United Nations and OAU in their legitimate struggle to eliminate apartheid and to attain the ..(indistinct) right to self-determination of the South African people as a whole. It calls for the United Nations Security Council to take all necessary measures...(indistinct) to ensure the full implementation of the arms embargo against South Africa. With that acclamation I assume that this declaration is adopted."
STANBURY: "We consider that the support of member states without exception for this landmark document would serve as an important impetus to international action to bring about the elimination of apartheid. Thank you Mr. Chairman."
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Background: An international anti-apartheid conference which ended in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday (26 August) and was sponsored by the United Nations, called on all states to halt any assistance or cooperation enabling South Africa to obtain nuclear capability. The "Lagos Declaration for Action Against Apartheid", appealed to governments to stop sales and supplies of arms to South Africa and to refrain from military cooperation with that country.
The conference also urged international and national sporting bodies to terminate all sporting contacts with south Africa. The Declaration proclaimed that south Africa should withdraw from Namibia, also known as South West Africa; comply with Security Council resolutions on Rhodesia, and stop all aggressive acts and threats against African nations.
SYNOPSIS: It also urged states to consider tough economic measures against South Africa. The 34-point Declaration was passed by acclamation at the end of a weeks's conference of some 100 countries plus black nationalist movements and anti-apartheid organisations.
French delegate Albert Thabault said that his government supported the Declaration, although it could not support certain paragraphs which were incompatible with France's approach to the problem. He said the French government condemned the policy of apartheid and hoped that south Africa "would hear the message" of the conference.