UNITED NATIONS, U.S.A.
The United Nations General Assembly has strongly condemned the South African raid on Lesotho, and the Security Council has been addressed by King Moshoeshoe.
UNITED NATIONS, U.S.A.
1. GV General Assembly 0.02
2. SV Libyan Perm. Rep. Ali Treiki speaking (Arabic SOT) 0.25
3. SV General Ass. Delegates listening as Tmre Hollai (President) speaks on vote (2 shots) 0.46
4. SV Sir John Thompson Perm. Rep. UK speaking (2 shots) 1.16
5. GV Security Council in session 1.22
6. CU King of Lesotho addressing Council (English SOT) (3 shots) 2.14
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 3) (V/O)
HOLLAI: "I thank you. The Assembly now is going to take action on draft resolution contained in document A/37L/L54. May I take it that the General Assembly adopts this draft resolution without a vote? It is so decided."
THOMPSON (SEQ 4): "Our concern is increased by some of the intemperate comments which were made by the distinguished delegate who introduced this resolution, and which seemed to go far beyond what we think is proper in the General Assembly on the very day on which the Security Council is addressing the question at the request of the Government of Lesotho."
MOSHOESHOE: "It is enough to condemn South Africa in resolutions destined to gather dust in the archives of the United Nations. Enough condemnations have been uttered from numerous world forums. It is positive action, Mr. President, we are asking for from this Council. In its attempts to stave off the inevitable conflict which is impending within its own borders, South Africa has decided to make itself an imperialist power in the whole sub-region. It is out to de-stabilise neighbouring African states in an initial step in an attempt to instal its agents in their governments, and failing that, to overrun and rule them as her colonies."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS, U.S.A.
The United Nations General Assembly has strongly condemned the South African raid on Lesotho, and the Security Council has been addressed by King Moshoeshoe. The formal resolution -- proposed by the Libyan Permanent Representative, Ali Treiki -- called the raid an 'invasion'. More than forty people were killed during the attack on December 9 which, pretoria claimed, was to wipe out guerrillas operating from Maseru. The President of General Assembly, Imre Hollai, had no need to call for a vote -- the resolution was adopted without opposition. However, Sir John Thompson, the United Kingdom Permanent opposition Representative, said he felt the resolution as proposed was not couched in the proper terms. Later (14/12). King Moshoeshoe of Lesotho addressed the Security Council, the first reigning monarch to speak to the fifteen-nation body. He accused South Africa of committing a 'naked act of aggression' against Maseru and he rejected claims by Pretoria that the attack was in reprisal for acts of sabotage by exiles belonging to the African National Congress (ANC). The King called on the UN Security Council to restrain South Africa from pursuing a strategy of terrorism against the whole of Africa. He asked the Council, and Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar, to take positive action against Pretoria. He said enough resolutions had been passed but South Africa had ignored them and had turned into an imperialist power. A working paper was circulated among the council members and consultations continued behind closed doors.