INTRODUCTION The Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, has promised Soviet help for the overthrow of what he called "colonial oppression" in Africa.
INTRODUCTION The Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, has promised Soviet help for the overthrow of what he called "colonial oppression" in Africa. President Podgorny is on a tour of three African nations in the front line of the fight against Rhodesia's Ian Smith government. He spent four days in Tanzania, where he had several meetings with President Julius Nyerere, and flew to Zambia for a meeting with President Kenneth Kaunda on Saturday (26 March). His last cal is Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: During his Tanzanian visit President Podgorny went on a brief tour of the country's spice island, Zanzibar. Tanzania's First Vice-President and Zanizibari leader, Sheikh Aboued Jumbe, organised a welcome that was more informal than the traditional military guard of honour. It was a day of rest for the visiting leader who had spent most of his time in discussions with Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. At a banquet the previous evening at State House in Ikulu, President Nyerere criticised the western news media for its attitude towards President Podgorny's visit.
The Soviet leader said after his arrival in Tanzania, that his country was not seeking military concessions or military bases in African countries or anywhere else. He also told newsmen that the Soviet Union had an identical policy with the so-called African "Front-line States" who are supporting intensified guerrilla warfare in Rhodesia.
President Podgorny drove straight from the airport outside Zambia's capital, Lusaka, to President Kenneth Kaunda's official residence. In discussions with President Kaunda the Soviet leader repeated his pledges of Soviet support for the overthrow of what he called "colonial oppression". There would be no rest until that was achieved, he said. President Kaunda told him the situation in southern Africa was tense "because of the refusal of racism and colonialism to yield to the pressure of those they exploit".
President Podgorny's visit is the first tour of the region by a Soviet leader. It follows the collapse of western-sponsored negotiations over Rhodesia's future.