Lesotho Premier Chief Leabua Jonathan left Malawi on Wednesday (17 May) after a six-day goodwill visit to return to his own country -- an enclave within South Africa.
Lesotho Premier Chief Leabua Jonathan left Malawi on Wednesday (17 May) after a six-day goodwill visit to return to his own country -- an enclave within South Africa. Before his departure he and Malawi President Kamuzu Banda issued a joint statement in which they said force was no answer to the problems of Southern Africa.
Their statement supported the Organisation of African Unity, and said member states of the Organisation, and the United Nations, should be realistic and resist the temptation to be swayed by impractical idealism.
Force was no answer to the Southwest Africa problem, or to the problems of Southern Africa as a whole, the statement said.
It was in the interests of African nations that trade, commerce technical co-operation, and cultural contacts, be freed from political ties.
Members of the O.A.U. should also refrain from interference in the internal affairs of member countries. They should not harbour dissident elements from other member states and connive at their subversive activities.
The joint statement said Malawi and Lesotho had many similar problems, both international and domestic, and as a result of their discussions a large measure of agreement had emerged ranging over a wide field. The two leaders had pledged their mutual support.