South Africa became a United Nations member in name only on Tuesday (12 November) after being ejected from the General Assembly.
GV PAN General Assembly PAN TO President Boute-flika
SV Bouteflika speaking (in French) (4 shots)
GV General Assembly during vote
SV Result board
SV United States delegation
CU Result boards showing number of votes
SV Bouteflika looking at results PAN TO Assembly applauding (2 shots)
SV Bouteflika spekaing plus Assembly during applause
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Background: South Africa became a United Nations member in name only on Tuesday (12 November) after being ejected from the General Assembly.
The Assembly voted by 91 to 22, with 19 abstentions, to uphold a decision by its President that South Africa be barred from the current session of the Assembly.
The President, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left open the question of the future status of the Republic as a member of the UN. The decision, which was greeted by prolonged applause, bars South Africa from participating in the work of the Assembly and its seven main committees. It amounts to virtual expulsion.
The next day, as Western diplomats viewed the possible complete withdrawal of South Africa from the world body with misgivings, the South Africans withdrew their delegate from the UN.
South African Prime Minister, John Vorster, said his Government would decide "in its own time" what further action to take.
This film contains two segments of President Bouteflika's speech (in French) with an English commentary given overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: He said he interpreted the non-acceptance of the South African credentials on 30 September as a call to ban the Republic from the Assembly, and its seven main committees, for this session.
The recommendation was then put to the vote.
The President left open the question of South Africa's future status as a U.N. member.
As the results tallied, it became obvious a large majority of the one hundred and thirty-eight members wanted South Africa barred from the current session.
The United States immediately protested but to no avail, as the delegates showed their appreciation of the way the vote had gone: ninety-one for the resolution, twenty-two against, with nineteen abstentions.