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“A difficult, tedious and unwanted task”: Representing the Central African Federation in the United Nations, 1960–1963

  • Andrew Cohen

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On Tuesday 22 January, 1963, the First Secretary of State and Minister in charge of the Central Africa Office, R.A. Butler, met with the Southern Rhodesia Cabinet in Salisbury. Butler notified the Cabinet that he was visiting the Central African Federation in order to “gauge for himself” the situation. Southern Rhodesia, he remarked, was “an issue unjustifiably pursued at the United Nations” and countering this negative international opinion “was providing the British Government with a difficult, tedious and unwanted task”.

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* Earlier versions of this paper were given at the Imperial History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London (2007) and the 22nd Biennial Conference of the Southern African Historical Society, UNISA, Pretoria (2009). I would particularly like to thank Ian Phimister, John Darwin, and Alois Mlambo for their insightful questions and comments.

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