587. Memorandum From William H. Brubeck of the National Security Council Staff to President Johnson 1
Attached is proposed US position for UN Security Council debate and resolution later this month on South Africa.
Key points we will support—
- Appeal for clemency in South African sabotage trials against nationalist leaders.
- Security Council committee study of possible economic sanctions against South Africa (but making clear no US pre-commitment on sanctions).
Essentially, there are just minimum concessions we think must be made to African pressures in order to win Security Council vote; our immediate [Page 987]purpose is to buy time pending next year’s World Court decision on South Africa’s mandate policy in South West Africa, and this should do it.