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South-West Africa

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in view of the statement made by the United Nations Commissioner for South West Africa that the United Nations Organisation was intending to seize uranium, copper and other minerals exported from that territory to member countries of the OECD, he will issue appropriate instructions to the United Kingdom's permanent representative at the United Nations to oppose any such action.

We have, at New York, explicitly reserved our position over the United Nations Council for Namibia's decree. We shall play our part in the international community to help bring self-determination to Namibia, but have made clear our opposition in the absence of a determination under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to measures which are in the nature of sanctions.