INTRODUCTION Delegates at the Non-Aligned nations meeting in New Delhi have launched an attack on what they call the 'racist regimes' of southern Africa.
SV EXT Vigyan Bhavan building, New Delhi, India
SV Non-Aligned sign outside building
SV INT Spanish delegate to Non-Aligned conference, Alberto MacLean, addressing gathering (in Spanish)
SV Delegates applauding
GV Bangladesh delegate, Dr. Shamsul Huq addressing meeting (in English)
SV Syrian foreign Minister Abdul Khaddam addressing conference (in Arabic)
SV Nigerian External Affairs commissioner Brigadier Joseph Garba addressing conference (in English)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): HUQ: "Mr. President, the massive violence and repressions by the racist minority regimes continue unabated in southern Africa, causing endless suffering to the majority people of that region. Despite repeated and unanimous condemnation by the international community, all efforts for peaceful solutions have been thwarted by the minority racist regimes. Bangladesh stands for an immediate transfer of power to the genuine representatives of the majority people in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa."
(SEQ. 9): GARBA: "As we make strides towards liberating southern Africa, so do the forces of racism and colonialism, with western support, strengthen their resistance to change, and continue in greater measure to deny inalienable rights of the majority of southern Africa. The western countries continue to enhance their economic links with South Africa, thereby enclosing the organic link between the economy of the west and that of South Africa. The greater are the invested interests, the greater has been the desperate urge of western countries to provide military and other support to sustain the racist regimes of southern Africa."
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Background: INTRODUCTION Delegates at the Non-Aligned nations meeting in New Delhi have launched an attack on what they call the 'racist regimes' of southern Africa. On the second day of the Non-Aligned Co-ordinating Bureau gathering in the Indian capital, delegates debating a proposed communique focused on Rhodesia and South Africa, calling for immediate transfer of power to the black majorities in both countries and South West Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The gathering is the first international meeting to be held in India under the newly-elected government of Prime Minister Mr. Moraji Desai.
The Spanish delegates, Alberto MacLean, joined other delegates in speaking during the debate on the proposed political and economic communique.
Of the 27 pages of the combined draft, ten are devoted to political matters. But the political part is much milder than the declaration issued after the Non-Aligned heads of state summit meeting last year in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It makes no reference to the Colombo calls for an oil embargo against France and Israel for supplying arms to South Africa. The embargo was never put into effect. Draft resolutions on the Middle East, Cyprus, Indochina and Latin America are similar to those approved in Sri Lanka, but less detailed. On Korea, the current conference proposes to call for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea, termination of United Nations command there, and peaceful re-unification of the north and south.
Bangladesh delegate Dr. Shamsul Huq was among those who spoke against racism.
Syria's Foreign Minister, Abdul Halim Khaddam, followed him.
On economic affairs, the proposed Non-Aligned draft expresses 'deep disappointment and concern' over the lack of progress at the north-south talks in Paris, France, between developed and developing countries. Developing countries make up the bulk of the 86-nation Non-Aligned group.
Nigerian External Affairs Commissioner Joseph Garba also spoke on southern Africa.