NAMIBIA: THE TRIPLE VETO - again

by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 6, 1975
1 page
The mailing says the USA, Britain and France today exercised their veto power in the United Nations Security Council in behalf of South Africa and against an assertion of UN rights in Namibia and of the rights of the Namibian people to their freedom and independence; the big three teamed together again - as they did on 30 October 1974 when they thwarted South Africa's expulsion from the UN - to cast the second triple veto in the history of the world body; the three Western permanent members rejected a mandatory arms embargo: they saw no threat to international peace and security in South Africa's occupation of Namibia. The mailing says Resolution S/11713, put forward by Cameroon, Guyana, Iraq, Mauritania and Tanzania, invoked Chapter VII of the UN Charter in declaring that South Africa's illegal occupation of Namibia 'constitutes a threat to international peace and security' and that all states should prevent the supply of arms, ammunition, aircraft, vehicles, military equipment, spare parts or any activities promoting their supply or their manufacture and maintenance in South Africa and Namibia. The mailing says ten of the 15 members of the Security Council voted for the resolution: China and the Soviet Union (both permanent members), the five sponsors and Byelo-Russia, Costa Rica and Sweden; Japan and Italy abstained. The mailing asks people to write Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Nathaniel P. Davis, Dept. of State. The mailing says questions for the U.S. State Department are: What is the policy toward South Africa? and Toward the UN's right and role in Namibia? The mailing discusses Daniel Chipenda, the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA), UNITA, bantustan officials, the League of Nations, the International Court of Justice, the Organization of African Unity, SWAPO, Prime Minister B.J. Vorster, Foreign Minister Hilgard Muller, and Security Council resolution 366.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root