In the United Nations debate on Rhodesia, the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim A. Salim, Said?
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"Let us, Mr. President, tell the British Government in no uncertain terms, that there is no need whatsoever for the so-called reflection reservation. There is not the slightest possibility that the African in Southern Rhodesia will change their minds -- and the Pearce Commission makes this point quite clear. The report is also clear on the reasons given by African for opposing the proposals. Their opposition stems from the deep frustration and humiliation at the Kind of life imposed on them by the white regime. And let us be frank, each and every one of us would act likewise if we were equally frustrated and humiliated. The British Government has, therefore, a clear course of action. It must act to assert its authority, and change the present power structure in Rhodesia. The British Government must act to ensure that there will be no independence in Southern Rhodesia before majority rule. To Africans in the territory, and to Africa as a whole, no compromise will be acceptable."
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Background: In the United Nations debate on Rhodesia, the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim A. Salim, Said that Africans would not accept compromise, and it was now up to Britain to act "to assert its authority and change the present power structure in Rhodesia."
Mr Salim also attacked Western countries for "strengthening" white rule in Southern Africa, and regretted that the United States, a permanent member of the security council, "had chosen to strengthen the illegal, racist minority regime of Ian Smith by importing chrome from Southern Rhodesia in Absolute contravention of the sanctions imposed by the security council against that territory."
The debate on Rhodesia had been requested by Guinea, Somalia and Sudan. It was opened by Mr. Meddi Zentar, of Morocco, who said the Smith regime must be given no chance to survive -- although, despite U.N. sanctions, it was fending very well for itself. Mr Elijah Mudenda, Zambia's Foreign Minister, said Britain had taken no concrete steps in positive response to the Pearce Commission's findings that most Rhodesians rejected the settlement worked out by Mr Smith and the British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home. He said Britain should arrange a constitutional conference to be attended by the leaders of every section of the Rhodesian people.
SYNOPSIS: In the United Nations debate on the Rhodesian situation, a call for British action. It came from the Tanzanian Ambassador, Mr Salim A. Salim.