In an address before the U.N. General Assembly on Friday (8 October), Ghana's Foreign Minister?
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GTV ZOOM INTO SV Ghana delegate speaking SOUND STARTS: "Mr. President, after five..." SOUND ENDS: "...universally enforced."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: OFORI-ATTA: "Mr. President, after five years of unilateral declaration of independence and after the imposition of sanctions against the resultant illegal and unconstitutional regime, that regime still continues to deny the Africans, who from the majority of the population in Southern Rhodesia, their basic rights and freedom.
In spite of the evasions which have contributed to making sanctions less affective then they could have been it is the hope of my delegation that sanctions will continue to be enforced against that regime till justice based on the five principles has been established. My delegation would urge the United Kingdom Government not to abdicate this position in any talks, or "talks on talks' with the Smith regime; for any settlement which sacrifices all, or any of those principles, will be considered by the Government of Ghana and other Governments within the O.A.U. and, we hope, by the rest of the world, as a complete sell out.
Mr. President, the problem posed by apartheid and the expansionist policies of South Africa constitutes one of the greatest obstacles to a just and peaceful solution to Southern African problems. As long as South Africa continues to practise a policy of apartheid, her hopes of reaching out to the rest of Africa will fail. As far as Portuguese colonialism is concerned, the Ghana delegation calls on Portugal to comply with the numerous U.N. resolutions calling for self-determination for the peoples of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. My delegation calls on the bib powers to use their political and economic influence to assist in ensuring that the decisions of this Organisation on these issues are respected and universally enforced.
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Background: In an address before the U.N. General Assembly on Friday (8 October), Ghana's Foreign Minister William Ofori-Atta condemned the policies of South Africa, Portugal and Rhodesia. The Foreign Minister said that the problems caused by the apartheid and expansionist policies of South Africa were the greatest obstacles to a peaceful solution to Southern African affairs. He also condemned Portuguese colonialism and accused Rhodesia of violating the basic rights of freedom for Africans in Southern Rhodesia. Mr. Ofori-Atta called on the big powers to use their political and economic influence to assist in ensuring that U.N. decisions on Southern African issues were respected and universally enforced.