Tanzania's Foreign Minister, mr. Benjamin Mkapa, told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (5?
SV Tanzanian Foreign Minister Mr. Benjamin Mkapa speaking in English
MKAPA: "The stage has now been reached where the initiative is in the hands of the freedom fighters, and total victory is certain. On our part, we have given, and will continue to give, whatever assistance we can, to the Nationalists and the freedom fighters so that they effectively wage that struggle. But we have always maintained, and we continue to maintain, that an armed struggle is necessary only if it is the last resort to achieve the objects of freedom and independence in any colonial territory. For we are only too painfully aware of the costs of an armed struggle; the Nationalists who fight and die, and those countries which support them, would not opt for armed struggles if the objectives could be realised by means other than war. Very regrettably, all other means to achieve that objective in Zimbabwe, as the whole international community is aware, have so far failed. Recently, the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, have put forward the Anglo-American proposals with the declared objective of attaining a negotiated settlement in Zimbabwe on the basis of majority rule. In the view of the Tanzanian delegation, the Anglo-American proposals do not offer a solution to the Rhodesian....problem. They do, however, form a sufficient basis for further negotiations. And it is with this understand ding that we have welcomed the decision of the Security Council concerning the appointment of the Secretary-General's representative."
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Background: Tanzania's Foreign Minister, mr. Benjamin Mkapa, told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (5 October) that his country will continue to give help to Nationalists and freedom fighters in southern Africa. And, he said, freedom fighters are now in a position to win a certain victory.