Britain vetoed an Afro-Asian motion on Rhodesia in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday night (10 November).
TGV INT, Security Council seated
SCU U.K. Delegate speaking
TV Members voting in favour of resolution
LV & CU U.S. delegate abstaining
SV President announces rejection
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: BRITISH DELEGATE: "The resolution has been brought in order to lay down in advance the precise and only conditions on which the sponsors of the draft resolution would endorse a settlement of the Rhodesian problem. Yet the same sponsors, as i have already pointed out, reaffirm in their resolution the primary responsibility of the Government of the United Kingdom. We have always accepted and will still accept this responsibility. We are now engaged, as I have explained, in trying to discharge it. We have already made clear the framework within which we will conduct negotiations if we find that the circumstances really warrant our entering into negotiations with the regime. I refer of course to the Five Principles. We are not prepared to enter into negotiations with our negotiating position dictated to us publicly from outside. No sovereign government would be prepared to accept this. No serious negotiation ever has been or ever could be conducted in this way. It is for this reason that the resolution is unacceptable to my Government. If it is pressed to the vote in this form we shall therefore have to vote against it."
Initials MR/MR/MH/1511 JMR/MR/MH/1455
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Background: Britain vetoed an Afro-Asian motion on Rhodesia in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday night (10 November). The motion called for no independence for Rhodesia without majority rule.
The resolution had been submitted jointly by Burundi, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Syria and Zambia. Twelve members of the Security Council voted for it while two others abstained. France said the Security Council could not tell Britain what to do and the United States said the resolution would only complicate an already most difficult situation.
The veto was Britain's fifth in the history of the United Nations.
Britain's representative, Sir Colin Crowe, told the Council that his country would not allow her negotiating position on the issue to be dictated by other countries. No sovereign government would be prepared to accept this, he declared.