United States Delegation Plenary Position Paper
Treatment of People of Indian Origin in the Union of South Africa: Report of the Ad Hoc Political Committee (A/2046)
1. united states position
The United States should vote in favor of the attached resolution adopted by the Ad Hoc Political Committee. If the resolution is voted upon paragraph-by-paragraph the United States should (a) vote in favor of preambular paragraphs 1, 4 and 5, and operative paragraphs 1, 2 and 3; (b) abstain on preambular paragraphs 2 and 3 and operative paragraph 4: (c) vote against operative paragraph 5.[Page 864]
The United States should vote under Rule 67 against plenary discussion of the report of the Ad Hoc Political Committee.
2. history in committee
The Ad Hoc Political Committee devoted 6 meetings to the consideration of this agenda item. After adoption of the resolution para-graph-by-paragraph, the resolution as a whole was adopted by 41 votes to 2, with 13 abstentions.
3. possible developments in plenary
Since South Africa has indicated that it does not desire plenary debate, and it is unlikely that India will desire debate, there will probably not be a debate. It is likely, however, that there will be a number of explanations of vote. It will not be necessary for the United States to explain its vote.