An unholy alliance
popularly refers to an alliance which is perceived as unnatural, unusual, or simply undesirable, sometimes between seemingly antagonistic parties.
The term came to be used by African nationalists when describing the predominantly white governments of Southern Africa
from 1961 to 1980: South Africa
, and the Portuguese Empire
For example, during the Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity
, meeting in its Fourteenth Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa
, from 27 February to 6 March 1970, stated they were "Deeply concerned at the strengthening of the unholy alliance among the racist regimes of Pretoria
and their collaboration with other imperialist powers".
In its resolution 3151 G (XXVIII) of 14 December 1973, the UN
General Assembly condemned what it termed an unholy alliance between South African apartheid