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South Africa / Apartheid / United Nations / Nuclear Weapons #249097

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1977
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(Studio) Issue of South Africa's racial policy is back in UN, with potential to embarrass US. Black African ntns. have gone back to Security Council to seek strong action, perhaps economy boycott. Carter administration is reluctant to act now because South Africa's help is needed to solve more immediate Rhodesian problem.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Black Africans come to Council for action, after what they see as years of empty protests. Chairperson of African group is Mahmoud Mestiri, of Tunisia. [MESTIRI - (thru interpreter) says if United Nations doesn't meet pretoria's latest challenge, no progress can be made anywhere in south Africa.] Head of resistance movement called Pan Africanist Congress, David Sibeko, says United Nations must intervene to preserve peace. [SIBEKO - says resolution to begin complete arms embargo against South Africa and toward scientific, sports, cultural and diplomatic isolation of country must be passed.] US, Britain and France have opposed using United Nations charter's enforcement powers against South Africa, but if United States now goes against resolution, black Africa will be antagonized and if it votes for resolution, will be going against allies.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

(Studio) After Council meeting, Ambassador Andrew Young says he favors some sort of sanction against South Africa, but that President Carter and Secretary of State Vance will have to make decision with regard to appropriate sanctions. South Africa prime Min. Vorster and United States State Department enter dispute with regard to South Africa nuclear development Vorster states that he never assured United States that his government wouldn't develop nuclear weapons, but State Department spokesperson says Vorster made just such assurances to president Carter in letter just 11 days ago.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.

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