President Valery Giscard D'Estaing of France has said that black majority rule in Rhodesia is a necessary step towards the development of Africa.
President Valery Giscard D'Estaing of France has said that black majority rule in Rhodesia is a necessary step towards the development of Africa. He was speaking in Libreville during a three-day state visit to Gabon.
SYNOPSIS: President Giscard arrived in Libreville on Thursday (5 August) and was given a tumultuous welcome. Thousands of people, and several groups of tribal dancers, turned out to greet him, his wife and his son Louis, when they arrived at Libreville Airport. Also present to welcome them at the airport was their host, President Albert-Bernard Bongo.
After the arrival ceremonies, the two Presidents left for a brief session of talks at President Bongo's Palace. President Giscard D'Estaing made his remarks about Rhodesia at a banquet given in his honour in the evening. The French President said that Africa would be able to devote itself entirely to the immense task of development when it became its own master.
President Giscard said that one of the steps in that process was the necessary application of majority rule in Rhodesia, and the condemnation of the policy of apartheid which wounded both black and white in "their common dignity". Other necessary steps were the accession of Namibia -- South West Africa -- to independence, and the progress towards independence of the French territory of the Afars and Issas next year.