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Security Council President Says South Africa Insulted UN

March 5, 1988

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The U.N. Security Council president said Friday that South Africa insulted the world body during a debate on the Pretoria government’s latest ban on anti-apartheid activity.

South African envoy Leslie Manley told a council meeting Thursday that ″we will not bow to your threats or demands and we reject your accusations with contempt and invite you to do your damnedest.″ He then walked out.

″It was an affront, of course, to the United Nations,″ Yugoslav Ambassador Dragoslav Pejic, president of the council for March, told reporters after the council adjourned Friday.

The meeting resumes Monday.

Pejic said several council members told him they found the Manley incident ″totally unacceptable.″ He said he agreed.

South Africa claims the world body has no right to interfere in its internal affairs. It has been suspended from taking part in U.N. affairs for its refusal to comply with a host of U.N. resolutions calling for an end to apartheid.

By law and custom, apartheid establishes a racially segregated society in which the 26 million blacks have no vote in national affairs. The 5 million whites control the economy and maintain separate districts, schools and health services.

Manley defended his goverment’s decision last week to impose curbs on 18 predominantly black organizations, including the United Democratic Front, South Africa’s largest anti-apartheid group.

The regulations, he insisted, ″are specifically directed at the maintenance of internal order and to neutralizing, in a non-violent way, those forces actively engaged involved in undermining authority and stability.″

The Security Council is meeting at the request of African nations, who are working on a resolution denouncing the new restrictions. A preliminary draft of the measure was shown to The Associated Press Friday.

Manley told the Security Council his country has made strides in ″removing discrimination and extending democracry.″

He said ″elements within the United Nations do not want us to succeed in coming to an agreement with each other (in South Africa) which will ensure participation by all without domination by any group.″

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