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    China attacked the Soviet Union while Guyana and Sweden condemned South Africa in the United Nations General Assembly debate on apartheid on Friday (29 October).

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    GV PAN Delegates at United Nations General Assembly during apartheid debate. (2 shots)

    SV Chinese delegate speaks. (CHINESE)

    SVs Delegates listen as Guyanan delegate speaking. (ENGLISH) (2 shots)

    GVs Delegates listen to Swedish delegate speaking. (ENGLISH) (2 shots)

    GUYANAN PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO UNITED NATIONS MR. RASHLEIGH JACKSON: "That regime has never embarked upon any meaningful changes in its policies which reflect a desire to comply with the numerous decisions for action which this organisation has demanded of it. The response has always been the ruthless suppression of the voices within South Africa dissenting against oppression and clamouring for freedom, and a contumatious defiance of this organisation by the South African regime."

    SWEDISH PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO UNITED NATIONS MR. OLAF RYDBECK: "The apartheid system, inhuman and morally repulsive as it is in its basic concept, is also inevitably the system of violence. It can only be upheld by the use of force. It is indeed significant that the Pretoria regime has declined to discuss the country's racial problems with truly representative groups of the black African people, let alone negotiate a solution in co-operation with them. Nevertheless, only such a way will a final solution be possible which takes account of all legitimate interests in South Africa.

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    Background: China attacked the Soviet Union while Guyana and Sweden condemned South Africa in the United Nations General Assembly debate on apartheid on Friday (29 October). China accused the Soviet Union of trying to break up black liberation movements in South Africa in order to disrupt general black African unity.

    SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union was infiltrating South Africa pretending to be an enemy of racism, China's deputy permanent representative Lai Ya-li told the Assembly. But in reality it was trying to sabotage the region's black liberation movement, he said.

    The Soviet Union was trying to disrupt the unity of black African states because it recognised that black African wanted to be totally free of super-powers. So in order to gain real control in South Africa, he said, the Soviet saw that they would have to divide black Africa.

    Mr. Lai also accused the United States of supporting what he called racist regimes in southern Africa. He did not directly identify either super-powers, but accused the Soviets of harbouring the 'wilder ambitions' in seeking expansion in southern Africa. He was followed by Guyana and Sweden.

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