Kenya and New Zealand have declared their solidarity against apartheid, despite New Zealand's sporting links with South Africa.
SVs New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Brian Talboys (centre) and Kenyan Foreign Minister Dr. Munyua Waiyaki (left) shakes hands with Miss Margaret Kenyatta, Mayor of Niarobi (3 shots)
LV Balcony in Nairobi Hotel
Talboys and Waiyaki sit down at lunch table
CU Dr. Waiyaki addressing lunch party (in English)
SV Delegates from both nations seated
CU Talboys addressing lunch party (in English)
DR. MUNYUA WAIYAKI: "New Zealand has won the respect and admiration of all African states for its strong and consistent stand on the questions of racial minority regimes in southern Africa. Let me assure you, therefore, Mr. Minister, that your government's moral contribution to the process of decolonisation in African has not gone unnoticed. On the other hand, Mr. Minister, you are no doubt aware that African counties -- some with highly-trained sportsmen -- feel very strong concern over your country's sporting contact with south Africa. We are afraid that failure to stop a New Zealand rugby team from going to South African would be regarded as an endorsement of the policy of apartheid, when all United Nations member states are unanimous in their efforts to bring down apartheid in South Africa."
MR. BRIAN TALBOYS: "We share with you a common view of the inhumanity, the detestability, of a system of political and economic, a social system, that is based on colour. We will work with you to see the end of that system."
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Background: Kenya and New Zealand have declared their solidarity against apartheid, despite New Zealand's sporting links with South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The declaration was made by New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Brian Talboys, and Kenyan Foreign Minister Dr. Munyua Waiyaki. Miss Margaret Kenyatta, Mayor of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, also met the New Zealand minister on his four-day visit. At a lunch on Monday (November 8), Dr. Waiyaki said Kenya appreciated their common political stand -- but he did warn Mr. Talboys that continued sporting links with South Africa could endanger New Zealand's relations with Africa.
Mr. Talboys reiterated New Zealand's solidarity with Kenya.