Accord reached on new trade body

The World Trade and Development Conference on June 14 reached agreement on the creation of future world trade institutions. The group of 75 non-aligned countries gave their agreement to a compromise. The agreement, already approved by the Western countries, was supported by Tunisia on behalf of the African countries, Ceylon on behalf of the Asian group and Venezuela on behalf of the Latin American nations. The compromise text was presented to the “75” by the Secretary-General, Raul Prebisch, of Argentina, in agreement with the developed nations. It is to be written into the final act to be passed before the conference closes. It provides for the creation of a Standing Council of 55 nations to serve as an international trade machinery between the periodical meetings of the conference. A conciliation procedure will be established to arbitrate on any litigious points that may arise between the developed and developing countries. The final vote is expected to be almost unanimous.

Mandela moved to island jail

The former African National Congress leader, Nelson Mandela, and six of his associates sentenced to life imprisonment by a Pretoria High Court on Friday, were flown to the Robben Island penal colony on Saturday. On Robben Island there are at present 1,402 non-European prisoners, of whom 899 are undergoing sentences for political crimes. Special police guards were today ( i.e. on June 15) mounted on post offices, public buildings, railway lines and bridges, and electric power stations throughout South Africa to prevent any wave of sabotage following the verdict.