Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has accused Zimbabwe Rhodesia of ordering raids on targets in Lusaka to try to prevent the Commonwealth Conference from being held there.
GVGV INTERIOR: Mohammed Abdul Rahim hading documents to President Kaunda.
SV: President Kaunda speaking.
SV: Kaunda speaking to Abdul Rahim ZOOM IN TO SV of Kaunda.
GV: documents as newsmen look on.
CU: ZAPU poster PULL BACK TO GV of documents. (6 shots)
KAUNDA: "I would like to put such attacks, unwarranted attacks, on Zambia through historical eyes, in the perspective of history. I must interpret it correctly. What the enemy is wanting to do is to internationalise the war, as it would have been internationalised already had it not been for the patience of the Zambian people. If it had not been for their realism in looking at these problems, we would have had an international, global war already by now. But we are keeping them where they belong, fascist, racist, and we know victory is certain. It is certain they can't escape that, and those who today plunder, kill innocent people, destroy innocent lives, of the people of Zimbabwe, the people of Zambia and Mozambique, the people of Angola and Botswana, will pay the price all those who plundered in history have had to pay. At one time we were told the sun never sets on the British Empire, today it never rises. Mr. High Commissioner, I want to show you that you are welcome to Zambia. We look forward to the Commonwealth Conference which we have prepared because we believe that important decisions will be taken and we know the reason the enemy is attacking us now is to try and frustrate the Commonwealth Conference here in Lusaka. They want it to be held elsewhere, not in our capital, but they are mistaken. We will fight tooth and nail until this conference is held, and important decisions will be taken as they were at other conferences."
The Zimbabwe Rhodesian military sources said their troops took the documents during an attack on Tuesday (26 June) on what they described as ZIPRA intelligence headquarters in a northern suburb of Lusaka. A spokesman said it was the "most valuable raid ever made in terms of intelligence gathering". He quoted an extract from one document which said there was a possibility that Bishop Muzorewa would reach a compromise solution with Zambia in the near future, and that President Kaunda would agree to discussions as a result of pressure from Britain and the "white bloc."
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Background: Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has accused Zimbabwe Rhodesia of ordering raids on targets in Lusaka to try to prevent the Commonwealth Conference from being held there. The heads of forty Commonwealth countries are due to meet in the Zambian capital on August 1, but possible security problems have already raised questions over the attendance of Britain's Queen Elizabeth. However the Zambian President says he's determined nothing should interfere with the staging of the conference.
SYNOPSIS: President Kaunda spoke out on the issue during an official ceremony to welcome the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Zambia, Mr. Mohamed Abdul Rahim, on Thursday (28 March).
On the same day in Salisbury, Zimbabwe Rhodesian military authorities released documents which they claimed to have captured during a recent attack on guerrilla headquarters in Lusaka. One documents shown to newsmen indicated lives could be in danger as the Zimbabwe Peoples Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) tries to dissuade British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from recognising Zimbabwe Rhodesia.