The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting in Libreville has given firm backing to the Patriotic Front guerrillas fighting the white minority government of Prime Minister Ian Smith in Rhodesia.
SV INTERIOR Delegates entering hall
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CU President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia speaking - delegates listening - Kaunda finishing speech and applause (9 shots)
KAUNDA: "We must not allow ourselves to be divided. Feuds among ourselves will enable those who want to make us week to capitalize on our divisions. We cannot afford to quarrel among ourselves because such quarrels, such quarrels, divert us from the real objectives of liberation and our ideals and purposes which we have set ourselves under the charter of the Organisation of African Unity. Mr. Chairman, our strength must lie in our will to implement our decisions vis-a-vis the emancipation of Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa itself. If we are determined and resolved enough, we should be able, at the next summit meeting in 1978, to welcome in our midst delegations from an independent Zimbabwe and Namibia."
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Background: The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting in Libreville has given firm backing to the Patriotic Front guerrillas fighting the white minority government of Prime Minister Ian Smith in Rhodesia. Before the summit closed after four days of talks on Tuesday (15 July) it adopted a Zambian resolution which urged everyone devoted to the "liberation" of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) to work within the Patriotic Front.
The resolution supporting the Patriotic Front did not specifically exclude the rival nationalist movements in Rhodesia, but member states were warned to "refrain from acts of supporting individuals, thus running the risk of creating more than one army."
SYNOPSIS: Member states were asked to give increased financial, material and political support to the guerrilla army headed by Mr Robert Mugabe and Mr Joshua Nkomo. On Monday (4 July) President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia appealed to OAU members not to become divided by quarrels.