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Volume 887: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what weight is given by Her Majesty's Government to Security Council resolutions defining the legal obligation of United Nations members in relation to Namibia.

For the reasons explained in my right hon. Friend's statement of 4th December 1974 we cannot agree that the existing resolutions of the Security Council concerning Namibia are mandatory. They are recommendations which deserve careful consideration, but the final decision on them must rest with each UN member State.