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Resolution 448

Southern Rhodesia


Resolution 448 (1979) of 30 April 1979
The Security Council,

Recalling its resolutions on the question of Southern Rhodesia, and in particular resolutions 253 (1968) of 29
May 1968, 403 (1977) of 14 January and 411 (1977) of 30 June 1977, 423 (1978) of 14 March and 437 (1978) of 10
October 1978 and 445 (1979) of 8 March 1979 reaffirming the illegality of the Smith regime,
Having heard the statement of the Chairman of the African Group,
Having also heard the statement of the representative of the Patriotic Front of Zimbabwe,
Reaffirming Security Council resolution 445 (1979), particularly its provision declaring that any elections held
under the auspices of the illegal racist regime and the results thereof would be null and void and that no
recognition would be accorded either by the United Nations or any Member State to any representatives or organ
established by that process,
Gravely concerned that the illegal racist minority regime in Southern Rhodesia proceeded with the holding of sham
elections in the territory in utter defiance of the United Nations,
Convinced that these so-called elections did not constitute a genuine exercise of the right of the people of
Zimbabwe to self-determination and national independence and were designed to perpetuate white racist minority
Reaffirming the inalienable right of the people of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to self-determination and
independence in accordance with General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960 and the legitimacy of
their struggle to secure the enjoyment of such rights as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations,
Bearing in mind the responsibility of every Member State to adhere scrupulously to Security Council resolutions
and decisions, and their responsibility to ensure that institutions and citizens under their jurisdiction will
observe the same,
1. Strongly condemns all attempts and manoeuvres by the illegal regime, including the so-called elections of April
1979, aimed at retaining and extending a racist minority rule and at preventing the accession of Zimbabwe to
independence and genuine majority rule;
2. Reaffirms the so-called elections held under the auspices of the illegal racist regime and the results thereof
to be null and void;
3. Reiterates its call to all States not to accord recognition to any representatives of or organ established by
that process and to observe strictly the mandatory sanctions against Southern Rhodesia.

Adopted at the 2143rd meeting by 12 votes to none, with 3 abstentions (France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, United States of America).

South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
Southern Rhodesia
Related with resolutions
253 403 411 423 437 445
Security Council Composition