Constructive Engagement and the Arms Embargo
by Richard Knight, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
April 3, 1984
American Committee on Africa
Richard Knight’s statement before the Special Committee Against Apartheid of the United Nations General Assembly discusses the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a South African governmental body that conducts a wide range of research in such areas as ordinance development, guided missiles, specialty metals, nuclear research and many other military areas. CSIR has a close relationship with Armscor and has obtained U.S. computers.The testimony discusses the Kukri air-to-air missile that conforms to the Sidewinder Aero 3B. The testimony discusses the International Federation of Information Processing. The testimony discusses nuclear collaboration with South Africa, including a visit to Washington by South African Secretary of Foreign Affairs to meet with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Malone. The testimony discusses Operation Exodus and the seizer of ten shipments destined for South Africa and Namibia. Knight reports that Dieter Gerhardt, former commander of South Africa’s navel port of Simonstown who was recently convicted of spying, was arrested in New York after been lured to the United States by the CIA. The testimony discusses South Africa’s policy of destabilizing the Front Line States that has wreaked havoc in the region, including its continued military occupation of parts of southern Angola. It also discusses the possible security pact between Mozambique and South Africa South Africa is now spending billions of dollars maintaining its power, including the purchase and production of armaments. South Africa's claim to be self-sufficient in arms production does not hold up under scrutiny. Armscor’s participation in an armaments show in Chile is a recent demonstration of South Africa's developing armaments manufacture capacity and its ability to flout the international arms embargo. The Reagan administration's constructive engagement policy has already led to a significant relaxation of the arms embargo.
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Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive