President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has threatened a tough line against Britain if the British Government goes ahead with the sale of arms to South Africa.
GV INT Kaunda taking seat.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: KAUNDA: "I was saying the British Government should be sanctioned out of the Commonwealth. Zambian language, apparently English, but meaning that Britain must be sacked out of the Commonwealth. Admittedly she is a senior partner in this association, but she is a senior partner without investments, and therefore she has not any more right to dictate to the rest of the nations of the Commonwealth on any issue at all. She has a right to put across her case like any of us".
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has threatened a tough line against Britain if the British Government goes ahead with the sale of arms to South Africa.
The Zambian leader had arrived in London at the head of a delegation from the Organisation of African Unity.
The 30-strong mission, which had received its mandate from the recent conference in Lusaka of non-aligned nations, had flown into London from Bonn, West Germany where there had been talks with Chancellor Willy Brandt.
President Kaunda met British Prime Minister Edward Heath who, he said, had made it clear that Britain did not appear to have taken a final decision yet over the sale of arms to South Africa. The Zambian President was nevertheless in a militant mood later when he spoke at a press conference.
He spoke of sanctions being imposed on Britain is she did anything to hinder the peaceful development of the Commonwealth: The President went on: