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    Mr. Donald Woods, the South African newspaper editor who fled his country last month, has?

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    INT GV Security Council on United Nations

    MV Donald Woods addressing Security Council with delegates listening (SEVEN SHOTS)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: WOODS: "When I had to flee with my family from our country in order to continue my own fight against apartheid the helpers who guided me across the border to freedom were black, the hands that reached out in welcome to Lesotho, to Botswana and to Zambia were black. Black leaders of black-ruled states detailed black security guards to protect my white-skinned children and on our last night in Africa I and my wife and children were privileged to dine at the table of one of the great men of our continent, President Kenneth Kaunda. For many years and for a variety of reasons the Western powers have resisted the implementation effective punitive measures against the government of South Africa. But the time has now come for the West to reassess its past attitudes. Effective punitive measures need not and should not be extreme, but they have to be sufficiently severe to bring the Pretoria regime to its senses or certain tragedy will overtake the people of South Africa. This implies the urgent reconsideration of the institution of economic sanctions, and those who oppose this on the grounds of attendant economic hardship to blacks should take not of the fact that the most authentic black spokesmen in South Africa have consistently stated that they would prefer such hardship to a continuation of a policy they regard as a negation of humanity in every facet of their lives. In the name of millions of my people who cannot speak for themselves at home or abroad I ask the world community to intensify as soon as possible a policy of ostracism of the Pretoria regime. The first necessity is for the cooperation of the nations of the West in following the lead so long given here on this issue by the African and in particular the Scandinavian countries, and the Netherlands. The first priority of the Western nations should, I submit, be an immediate policy of disengagement. Disengagement from diplomatic, cultural, sporting, trade, military, investment and general economic ties now existing."

    Mr. Woods had been placed under a Government banning order before he escaped from South Africa at the end of December.

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    Background: Mr. Donald Woods, the South African newspaper editor who fled his country last month, has urged the United Nations Security Council to ostracise South Africa as part of an international effort to prevent racial civil war there. He has also asked the council to open a register of "known criminals pre-eminently guilty of excess" in fostering apartheid.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Woods made his appeal at the opening on Thursday (26 January) of a council debate on South Africa.

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