Black American Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. told a Nairobi news conference on Wednesday (14 January)?
Black American Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. told a Nairobi news conference on Wednesday (14 January) that it was up to the United State to "get South Africa out of the Angolan war".
Congressman Diggs stopped briefly in Nairobi on his way home from Addis Ababa and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) special summit meeting on the Angolan crisis. He had been the only official American observer at the summit.
Congressman Diggs said he had already urged the U.S. State Department to "bring home" the U.S. Ambassador and Military Attache from Pretoria, for prolonged consultation as a means of showing displeasure over South Africa's military involvement in Angola.
He also repeated an earlier statement that U.S. involvement in the Angolan civil war was "the most serious blunder it has committed in the entire history of U.S.-African relations."
"Because America is significantly involved in South Africa's economic and technological advancement, we have to get them out of Angola," he said.
According to Congressman Diggs, the Soviet Union's position in Angola would be untenable if both South Africa and the Untied States withdrew.