Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere said in London on Friday (21 November) that he would be "extremely critical" if the superpowers began to intervene further in the internal conflict in newly independent Angola.
Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere said in London on Friday (21 November) that he would be "extremely critical" if the superpowers began to intervene further in the internal conflict in newly independent Angola. He also warned divided Rhodesian nationalists despite to work for independence and so avoid a repetition of the bloody conflict between independence groups in Angola.
Denying that he condoned Soviet involvement in Angola while condemning possible western intervention, President Nyerere said he drew a distinction between the Soviet support for the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) during the struggle against Portuguese colonialism, and any other later arms suppliers to the fighting forces in the country.
In Angola, things might now be different if arms had been provided by western powers from the start of the Liberation struggle, he said. He extended his criticism to China--one of Tanzania's important allies--should the Peking government also attempt intervention.
With Angola in mind, President Nyerere warned Rhodesian nationalists that they should patch up their differences to press for independence whether by "talking or through the bush". He emphasised the dangers of internal strife between nationalist movements "especially if they have to turn to the gun" to achieve black rule in Rhodesia.
Mr. Nyerere was addressing newsmen on the final day of his state visit to Britain. Following talks with Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Foreign Secretary James Callaghan, he said that the British government was less pessimistic about the Rhodesian problem than Tanzania. Asked about recent meetings between Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and African Nationalist leader Joshua Nkoma, President Nyerere said he believed that "an armed struggle was inevitable" to settle the situation.