President Kaunda of Zambia and President Obote of Uganda arrived in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday (July 22) for a hastily arranged East African summit meeting with President Nyerere of Tanzania.
President Kaunda of Zambia and President Obote of Uganda arrived in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday (July 22) for a hastily arranged East African summit meeting with President Nyerere of Tanzania. The meeting is thought to be discussing proposed action by the African nations should Britain decide to sell arms to South Africa.
The summit in Dar es Salaam followed Cabinet meetings the previous day (Tuesday July 21) in Uganda and Zambia and recent demonstrations in the Zambian Capital of Lusaka when the Union Jack was ripped from the flagpole at the British High Commission offices. No official communique was issued immediately after the talks, which took place at State house. Foreign Mini Foreign Ministry officials declined to comment on what was discussed.
All three countries have previously condemned the new British Conservative Governments' attitude on the issue of arms sales to South Africa. Official spurces in Dar es Salaam have said that Tanzania will definitely leave the Commonwealth -- which would make it the first to do so voluntarily -- if and when Britain decides to supply arms.
In the British Parliament on Wednesday an opposition motion urging the Government not to supply arms to South Africa was defeated by 313-281, a majority of 32.