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    The United Nations named March 21 "The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination" and held a meeting of the Special Committee against Apartheid to mark the event.

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    GV: Assembly

    GV: United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim addresses assembly

    GV: Assembly

    GV: Representing Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Winston A. Tubman addressing assembly

    SV: Representatives of Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, Henry Isaacs addresses conference.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: WALDHEIM: "At this historic moment ladies and gentlemen when Zimbabwe approaches true independence the lessons for the future should be clear to all. We now have the advantage of knowing what lies in our power to do and what is likely to occur if we fail to do what we should. The hour requires that all people of courage and foresight decisively turn away from the path of racial oppression and conflict. To knowingly miss the opportunity would be to invite and compound future grief. At this time Mr Chairman, at this time of reassessment we must only honestly face the truth that racial discrimination often subtle, but painful, disguise is still the cause of widespread injustice and injury in other and far too many parts of the world. The goal that we must attain is therefore universal. It will not be reached unless all states and peoples strive earnestly and in concert to do away with prejudice and intolerance."

    SEQ. 4: WINSTON TUBMAN: "With her ruthless apartheid policy characterised by official and brutal police terror, massive military operations including now nuclear capability, South Africa continues to menace the peace and progress of Africa. If these dangers to international peace and security are to be arrested it is imperative that the world community apply the most effective, punitive measures against South Africa so that the black majority in that country may enjoy, to the fullest extent, all of their inalienable rights."

    SEQ. 5: MR HENRY ISAACS: "We welcome the initiative that has been taken in calling, or convening, a conference to consider the imposition of mandatory economic sanctions against the Pretorian regime. We firmly believe that not only can a case be made out for the imposition of such mandatory economic sanctions but we firmly believe also that the lessons and the experiences, of economic sanctions against the regime of Ian Smith are useful in this case."

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    Background: The United Nations named March 21 "The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination" and held a meeting of the Special Committee against Apartheid to mark the event. The date selected was the 20th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings in South Africa, when police opened fire on demonstrators, killing 67 people and wounding 186. The representing Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, Mr Winston Tubman called on the world community to apply effective punitive measures against South Africa. The Representatives of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, (which staged the Sharpeville demonstration 20 years ago and is now a banned organisation) - Mr Henry Isaacs, welcomed moves to hold a conference to discuss possible economic sanctions on South Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: After one minute of silence to mark the special day, the U.N. Secretary General, Mr Kurt Waldheim called on all people to fight prejudice an injustice.

    Representatives from black African organisations condemned South Africa's apartheid laws.

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