Zambia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Vernon Mwaanga, warned Tuesday (18 February) that there could be "all?
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CU Zambian Foreign Minister, Mwaanga, speaks
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 2): MWAANGA: "I am cautiously optimistic that given the good will on both sides it is possible. But I also must make it clear, though, that we have supported the armed struggle in Rhodesia in the past. We will continue to do so. And I wish to make it very clear that, should the present peace initiatives in Rhodesia fail, the alternative -- as the South African Prime Minister, Mr. Vorster, said -- is too ghastly to contemplate. For our part, we will have no alternative but to intensify the armed struggle against the white-minority regime -- with all the resulting consequences."
REPORTER: "So it could result in all-out war?"
MWAANGA: "it could result in all out war. We're ??ious to avoid this if we can. But we do not entirely hold the solution to whether or not there is going to be an out-right war."
This film includes part of an interviewed with Mr. Mwaanga by ABC reporter, Derek Pola.
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Background: Zambia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Vernon Mwaanga, warned Tuesday (18 February) that there could be "all out war" in Rhodesia if the current attempts at a constitutional settlement fail.
Mr. Mwaanga was speaking on his arrival in Sydney for trade talks with Australian Government officials.
The Foreign Minister said that he was "cautiously optimistic" that, given good will on both sides, a peace was possible in Rhodesia.
But Mr. Mwaanga added that his Government had supported the armed struggle against the white-minority regime in Rhodesia in the past and would continue to do so. And if the peace talks fail, he said, there would be " no alternative" but to intensify the armed struggle.
He said that Zambia was anxious to avoid such an "all out war" but whether or not this happened was not entirely up to it.