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South African membership of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa



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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFfAIRJS,

CANBERRA.

F O R T H E P R E S S

( r e l e a s e d o n ly i n C a n b e rra )

1 s t A u g u st, 1963.

pr 83,

SOUTH AFRICAN MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNITED NATIONS

ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA

S ta te m e n t by D epartm ent o f E x te r n a l A f f a i r s

On J u ly 3 0 th th e e i g h te e n member Economic and S o c ia l C o u n cil

o f th e U n ite d N a tio n s a d o p te d a r e s o l u t i o n on S o u th A f r ic a n m em bership

o f th e r e g i o n a l U n ite d N a tio n s Economic Com m ission f o r A f r ic a i n th e

f o llo w in g te rm s -

The Economic and S o c ia l C o u n cil

ta k e p a r t i n th e work o f th e Economic Comm ission f o r A f r ic a

u n t i l th e C o u n c il, on th e recom m endation o f th e Economic

Comm ission f o r A f r i c a , s h a l l f i n d t h a t c o n d i tio n s f o r

c o n s t r u c t i v e c o - o p e r a tio n have b een r e s t o r e d by a change

i n i t s r a c i a l p o l i c y „

P a ra g ra p h 1 o f th e r e s o l u t i o n r e f e r r e d t o a d e c i s i o n by

ECOSOC i n D ecem ber, 1962 n o t t o ad o p t a recom m endation o f th e Economic

Com m ission f o r A f r ic a t h a t South. A f r ic a be d e p riv e d o f i t s m em bership

o f th e Comm ission u n t i l i t s e t s . a te rm t o i t s p o l i c y o f r a c i a l d i s c r i m i n a t i o n .

On J u ly 15t h , th e S o u th A f r ic a n P rim e M in is te r announced

t h a t S o u th A f r ic a w ould no lo n g e r p a r t i c i p a t e i n th e a c t i v i t i e s o f th p

Econom ic Comm ission f o r A f r i c a .

1 . D ecid e s t o r e c o n s id e r i t s d e c i s i o n on th e recom m endation

o f th e Economic Comm ission f o r A f r ic a i n r e s p e c t o f th e

m em bership o f th e R e p u b lic o f S o u th A f r i c a . .

2 . D e c id e s t h a t th e R e p u b lic o f S o u th A f r ic a s h a l l n o t

The v o tin g on th e r e s o l u t i o n a d o p te d on J u l y 3 0 th , w hich was

s p o n so re d by A rg e n tin a , a and th e U n ite d S t a t e s was a s f o llo w s :

A g a in s t

F o r A rg e n tin a , A u s t r i a , C olum bia, E l S a lv a d o r,

I t a l y and U n ite d S t a t e s (6 )

C z e c h o s lo v a k ia , U .S .S .R . (2 )

A b s ta in in g - A u s t r a l i a , B r i t a i n , F r a n c e , J a p a n , J o rd a n ,

I n d i a , E t h io p ia , S e n e g a l, Y u g o s la v ia and

U ruguay (1 0 )