Territorial Intergrity of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland

CM/Res. 40 (III)


The Council of Minister meeting in its Third Ordinary Session in Cairo, U.A.R., from 13 to 17 July 1964,

Having examined the likely situation that would face Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland on attainment of independence,

Noting that the Government of the United Kingdom has agreed to grant independence in the immediate future to these territories,

Noting further Resolution 1954 (XVIII) of the General Assembly of the United Nations solemnly warning the Government of the Republic of South Africa that any attempt to annex of encroach upon the territorial integrity of these three territories shall be considered an act of aggression,

Recommends to the First Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government


  1. The Member States of OAU in consultation with the authorities of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland take the necessary steps so as to secure a guarantee by the United Nations for the territorial integrity independence and sovereignty of these territories; and

  1. The African Group at the United Nations be authorized in particular to take necessary measured, in consultation with the Liberation Committee and the nationalist movements in these territories, to bring the question of guarantee before the Security Council at the appropriate time.

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