The United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mr. Donald Easum held talks?
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SV INTERIOR US Ambassador to Zambia introduces Assistant Secretary to other ambassadors
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Background: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mr. Donald Easum held talks with a group of ambassadors to African countries before leaving Zambia on Wednesday (6 November).
Mr. Easum -- who arrived in Lusaka four days earlier -- spoke with the ambassadors and consuls about United States policy in Southern Africa. Some of the ambassadors had come from neighbouring countries to attend the talks, held at Lusaka airport.
Mr. Easum told the ambassadors that unless South Africa took some positive steps soon towards withdrawing its support for Rhodesia, eradicating racism and freeing Namibia, the country's future in the Unites Nations would be uncertain.
Mr. Easum said the Unites States -- which supported a Veto blocking South Africa's expulsion from the United Nations Security Council -- wanted to speed decolonisation in the African continent and in particular in Southern Africa.
He said Unites States companies were working for change within South Africa. But he said it was now up to the South African government to take the lead in making changes for was better.