President Julius Nyerere has denounced Western powers for deliberately provoking and insulting Africa, calling it the height of arrogance for them to talk of establishing a pan-African security force.
GV EXT: State House, Dar Es Salaam.
CU: Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere speaking in English with diplomats and newsmen listening. (5 SHOTS)
NYERERE: "Carer is willing to help African counties, towards the end of racism in South Africa. I believe it that he believes it firmly. I don't doubt it, I've been saying it, and I'm not going to change now. I had also believed the United States had learnt a lesson in Vietnam. There was a mood in the United States, it was saying 'Are we going to get involved everywhere somebody cries out Communist here, Communist there, we jump in'. The people of the United States weren't saying 'Communist, we jump in'. And I believed, certainly this was supported by the earlier statements of the administration, that President Carter treated this move, don't jump in everywhere they say 'Communist'. And so I thought that's why he is willing to back us up in the liberation movement in Southern Africa, although he knows that we do get the arms from the Communists. He was willing to accept the objective reason why we get these arms from the Communists because no one else was giving us these arms. He was not going to say 'these people have these arms, because they are Communist, and if we support them therefore we are supporting the Communist views'. He didn't do this."
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Background: President Julius Nyerere has denounced Western powers for deliberately provoking and insulting Africa, calling it the height of arrogance for them to talk of establishing a pan-African security force. At a news conference in Dar Es Salaam on Thursday (8 June) he said events in the past few weeks had once again demonstrated that although the legal independence of Africa was officially recognised, the right to develop the African continent in Africa's own interests, had not yet been conceded in practice. The habit of regarding Africa as an appendage of Western Europe had not yet been broken.
SYNOPSIS: In reply to reporters' questions on the new attitude of the United States in Africa, President Nyerere had this to say: