The Propaganda and the Reality

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A study commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Commonwealth Committee on Southern Africa, in pursuance of the mandate of the 1983 New Delhi Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government to initiate a project in co-operation with the United Nations to counteract South African propaganda.




As noted at the start of this study, the primary aim of south African propaganda abroad is to maintain the American and British vetoes in the united Nations Security Council against mandatory economic sanctions aimed at Pretoria. While both countries remained committed to rejection of anti-Pretoria sanctions in principle and as a matter of repeatedly-stated policy, Pretoria's task was relatively easy. In August, however, this principle was abandoned by President Reagan as a result of Congressional pressures, and Pretoria began looking increasingly to Britain for maintenance of its protection.


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