The United Nations Security Council voted on Monday night (28 February) to stiffen enforcement of sanctions against Rhodesia.
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Sv President calls for vote IN:"Now we shall...." OUT:"...to the United Kingdom".
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Council in session and President calling for voting; Soviet Union and Yugoslav representatives voting in favour;United Kingdom and United States representatives abstaining; United Kingdom representative Kenneth Jamleson speaking.
PRESIDENT: "Now we shall vote on the draft resolution as a whole. Will those in favour please signify. Against. Abstentions. Thank you. The result of the voting is as follows. Thirteen in favour, none against, and two abstentions. The draft resolution is therefore carried. I shall now proceed to give the floor to those who would wish to explain their vote after voting. I give the floor to the representative of the United Kingdom.
JAMIESON: It is clearly the wish of the members of the council that the resolution should be adopted on the question of sanctions. Since unlike the draft on the Rhodesia question in general with which we wee confronted in Addis Ababa, this resolution does not seek to impose any directive upon my Government as the discharge of its responsibilities, we have not opposed it."
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Background: The United Nations Security Council voted on Monday night (28 February) to stiffen enforcement of sanctions against Rhodesia. The United Kingdom and the United Sates abstained in the voting for the resolution which was passed by 13 votes to none, with two abstentions.
The Council's debate took place against the background of reports that an Argentine freighter was bringing 25,000 tons of Rhodesian chrome are to the United States from Beira, in Portuguese Mozambique. Argentine Ambassador Carlos Ortiz de Romans told the Council that if this proved true, his Government would inflict heavy penalties on the shipping company.
After the resolution had been officially passed, the United Kingdom delegate, Kenneth Jamieson, said his county had abstained in the vote because it did not believe any new resolution on Rhodesia was at present necessary.