Impacts of apartheid on the environment (decision 11/5)
58. At the 8th meeting of the session, on 23 may, the Council considered a draft decision on this subject submitted by the African
59. The representative of France, supported by the representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America, requested the sponsors to modify certain political references in the preamble of the draft decision to enable her to give it her full support. On behalf of the sponsors, the representative of
Egypt declined to do so; the wording used was the same as in Council decision 10/7.
60. The representative of China observed that the South African regime was persisting with its policy of apartheid, whose environmental impacts were causing serious problems for the people of South Africa and its neighbours.
61. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.
62, The representative of France expressed regret that the sponsors of the draft had been unwilling to accede to her request. If the draft decision had been put the vote, she would have voted against it. The representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America associated themselves with that statement.
63. The representative of Greece said that, if the draft decision had been put to the vote, he would have abstained.
64. The representative of Senegal said that there was no disagreement about the damage that apartheid inflicted on the environment. Those who wished to weaken the wording of t e decision were seeking to protect the perpetrators of A2artheid. In fact, the terms used in the decision fell short of those normally used in United Nations resolutions.