United States Vice-President George Bush left Zimbabwe on November 18 after a two-day visit, reiterating support for the efforts of the Mugabe administration in uniting Zimbabwe.
SV US Vice-President George Bush walks into news conference and steps up to rostrum
SCU Bush speaking about Zimbabwe visit (SOT)
(MUTE) SV Journalist at news conference
SCU Bush speaking about Namibia (SOT)
GV EXTERIOR Guard of honour at airport
GV Bush and Zimbabwe officials walk across tarmac to inspect guard of honour (3 shots)
GV Military band walks past rostrum as Bush and Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Simon Muzenda look on (2 shots)
SV PAN TILT Bush walks up steps to plane, turns and waves
BUSH (SEQUENCE TWO): "President Reagan sent me to Africa to meet with our friends and learn about their efforts at national development. I'm happy to tell you that I will carry back a very encouraging report about Zimbabwe. In this new nation, national reconciliation is recognise as a matter of paramount urgency. In fact, it's the only possible course and I assured the Prime Minister of our unrelenting support for his efforts to heal the old wounds and to lead Zimbabwe to political and economic stability."
BUSH (SEQUENCE FOUR): "Our position is well known. It is clear; we cannot dictate solutions. We hope we will be a catalyst for peace there."
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Background: United States Vice-President George Bush left Zimbabwe on November 18 after a two-day visit, reiterating support for the efforts of the Mugabe administration in uniting Zimbabwe. At a news conference at Harare airport, he said the only course for Zimbabwe's future was the recognition that reconciliation of all groups in the country was of paramount importance. However, he was more guarded about the proposed independence for Zimbabwe's neighbour, Namibia (South-West Africa). Mr. Bush said he hoped the US would be a "catalyst" for peace there, but he is known to have disagreed with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe over the issue. The Harare government has frequently criticised US attempts to link a withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola with a South African pull-out from Namibia. Mr. Mugabe apparently told Mr. Bush the matters should not be related. Before he left Harare for Zambia, the US Vice-President inspected a guard of honour, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Simon Muzenda.