INTRODUCTION The new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Mr. Andrew Young arrived in?
INTRODUCTION The new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Mr. Andrew Young arrived in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Friday (4 February), to begin talks with "frontline" African presidents. Presidents Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Juvenal Habyalimana of Rwanda, Jean-Baptiste Bagada of Burundi, Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia and the host, President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, will all held discussions with Ambassador Young during his stay.
SYNOPSIS: Tribal dancing and full "African style" welcomes were stages for the visiting dignitaries. The first arrivals was President Bagada of Burundi. He, and the other leaders are in Zanzibar to help celebrate the merging of the political parties of Zanzibar and Tanzania --the two states have been one country since 1964.
Somalia's President Mohamed Siad Barre was greeted by President Nyerere and Prime Minister Kawawa. "The celebrations to mark the launching of the new ruling Revolutionary Party are regarded as extremely important in Somalia," President Barre said on his arrival.
Mr. Young's first official task was a celebration banquet on Friday night. He told newsmen at the banquet that the Carter administration would not back Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's plan for an internal solution to majority rule crisis.
He said the trip to Tanzania was to "sound out" black presidents on their views of obtaining a peaceful transition to majority rule in Rhodesia.
Ambassador Young's first round of talks was with Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. President Kaunda told Mr. Young that U.S. intervention in Rhodesia should be of a peaceful nature, aimed at "avoiding unnecessary bloodshed." Dr. Kaunda said that it was up to the United States to decide what role it could play, but added that he had a "lot of confidence in the Carter administration." Mr. Young will also visit Nigeria before returning to the U.S. and reporting to President Jimmy Carter.