The West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt Arrived in Lusaka, the Zambian capital on Wednesday (28 June) on the second stage of his first official visit to Africa.
The West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt Arrived in Lusaka, the Zambian capital on Wednesday (28 June) on the second stage of his first official visit to Africa. Herr Schmidt flew to Zambia from Nigeria, where he had talks with Head of State Olusegun Obasanjo on increased co-operation in trade and the transfer of technology and nuclear energy. Chancellor Schmidt's visit marks the deep interest of his government in African political developments and the possibility of strengthened trade links.
SYNOPSIS: Chancellor Schmidt and his wife were met at Lusaka airport by Zambia's President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. The West German Chancellor was accompanied by his Minister for Economic Co-operation, Rainer Offergeld. Zamiba is suffering the effects of the largest economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1964. For the last three years, world copper prices have slumped and Zambia depends on copper exports for 95 percent of its foreign exchange revenues. Herr Offergeld was expected to meet his Zambian counterpart, Mr. peter Matoka, to review West Germany's present 30 million dollar aid programme to Zambia.
Later, the two leaders held talks on West German-Zambian relations and the situation in Southern Africa. Chancellor Schmidt said his government would not send arms or troops into Africa. On Rhodesia, he hoped "a peaceful, political solution" could be found. The Heads of State were joined in their discussions by Joshua Nkomo, co-leader of the Patriotic Front guerrillas opposed to an internal settlement in Rhodesia.
Chancellor Schmidt said he was gratified to hear from Mr. Nkomo that patriotic Front forces were not responsible for the murder of two German missionaries in Rhodesia on Wednesday (28 June).
Chancellor Schmidt told President Kaunda he would raise the issue of Zambia's economic crisis both in negotiations on new agreements governing the flow of commodities from developing nations to the industrialised world, and at the forthcoming world economic summit conference in Bonn. He said he could not promise quick results, only a major effort.