The United Nations has lifted economic sanctions imposed against Rhodesia fourteen years ago. The UN?
SV: Security Council President Chen Chu calling vote
GV PAN: Delegates voting by raising hands (3 shots)
TV: Security Council in session
SV: Secretary General Dr. Kurt Waldheim speaking in English
GV: Security Council in session.
SV: Zambian delegate Paul John Firmino speaking in English (2 shots)
SV: Waldheim and Chen Chu looking at papers
SV: Nigerian delegate B. Akporode Clark speaking in English
WALDHEIM: "The resolution just adopted by this council, calling on member states to terminate the measure taken against Southern Rhodesia under Chapter 7 of the charter, creates a new situation in southern Africa, which will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the course of events in that region. The resumption of normal relations with Southern Rhodesia provides both an opportunity and a challenge for the international community, and particularly those neighbouring states whose economies were so closely linked to that country. We are very aware of special nature and magnitude of the problems faced by these countries as a result of the application of sanctions and disruption of normal trade, traffic and communications in the region."
FIRMINO: "We sincerely hope that the electoral process due to begin will be genuinely free and fair, and must be seen to be so by the International Community, the honours of ensuring this is of cause of the administering power. We hope and pray that the United Kingdom, through its governor in Southern Rhodesia, will live up to its undertaking in the true tradition of democracy. For out part, we in Zambia will respect the results of genuinely free and fair elections in Southern Rhodesia."
CLARK: "Peace with honour and not another betrayal or a skilful sell-out. I assure them of Nigerian support until that goal is achieved. The advent of independence of Zimbabwe calls for an increased effort on the part of both the members and the United Nations itself, to ensure adequate and immediate international assistance is provided to both Zimbabwe and the Front Line States for reconstruction, relief and rehabilitation purposes."
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Background: The United Nations has lifted economic sanctions imposed against Rhodesia fourteen years ago. The UN move followed the signing in London on Friday (21 December) of a peace treaty ending the guerrilla war in the breakaway British colony. Rhodesia regained legal status with the arrival last weekend (15/16 December) of a British Governor, Lord Soames, to supervise preparations for independence early next year.
SYNOPSIS: Security Council President Chen Chu summed up Friday's long meeting. The resolution the fifteen nations voted on gives Secretary Genera Kurt Waldheim the responsibility of organising international aid for reconstruction and refugee repatriation. It also called on Britain -- as administering power -- to expel and keep out all South African Forces and foreign mercenary fighters. The resolution was finally adopted by thirteen votes to none, with the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia abstaining.
After the vote, Dr. Waldheim addressed the council....
Zambian delegate Paul John Firmino spoke on the elections....
Nigerian delegate B. Akporode Clark was concerned about Rhodesia's near future now the territory has been returned to legality....