The United States are to uphold trade sanctions against Zimbabwe Rhodesia. At the end of?
The United States are to uphold trade sanctions against Zimbabwe Rhodesia. At the end of a meeting in Washington on Wednesday (11 July) between President Jimmy Carter and Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa, President Carter rejected Muzorewa's appeal to drop sanctions and called instead for constitutional changes to give blacks and bigger role. Earlier in the day, Muzorewa met with U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance ...
SYNOPSIS: The black leader was adamant after his meeting with Cyrus Vance. He brushed aside American calls for broader powers for blacks and attacked the United Nation's sanctions as "insane". U.S. officials said Mr Vance had urged Bishop Muzorewa to lessen the veto power given to whites under the new constitution but Bishop Muzorewa said he would take no further steps, and only asked for the sanity of the international community.
But as Bishop Muzorewa headed for the Camp David Presidential retreat to meet President Carter, the State Department said the sanctions would remain in place. The disclosure of President Carter's views before the meeting reflected evident irritation over the Bishop's public statements since he arrived in the United States. And after their meeting, the two Heads of State issued two conflicting assessments of their talks.
Bishop Muzorewa predicted that the United States would drop sanctions against Salisbury, but the White House upheld the previous State Department statement, indicating that the meeting had ended in disagreement. Bishop Muzorewa is flying to London, for talks with the British Government. U.S. officials indicated that if Britain lifts its sanctions -- as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher recently indicated -- it would be difficult to resist congressional pressure for Washington to do the same.