In Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda has denied claims that groups of Katangese rebels, fleeing after their bloody raid on the South Zaire mining town of Kolwezi, had crossed into Zambia.
SV: President Kaunda of Zambia at table speaking and people listening.
SCU: Mr. Kaunda speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: KAUNDA: "They knew that rebels were coming in to Zaire in plain clothes. They were coming into Zaire, some of them in rags, dressed in rags, and I was therefore very surprised indeed to learn of the attacks on Zambia by my brother President Mobutu Sese Seko and his government on to us that we were supporting the rebels in Katanga (INDISTINCT) in Shaha province. The truth is that there is no basis in all these allegations. We in Zambia have never, at any time, thought of organising against a neighbouring, independent state. It is not our policy. We have never done that. We have never done that. We have never done that. We have never thought of organising against a neighbouring state in any shape or form. Naturally, in keeping with our (INDISTINCT) of humanism and as a member of the United Nations, we are not able to send back the refugees to their countries of origin, unless that is done with the consent of those refugees and the United Nations High Commission Office for Refugees here in Zambia. Our stand is very clear."
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Background: In Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda has denied claims that groups of Katangese rebels, fleeing after their bloody raid on the South Zaire mining town of Kolwezi, had crossed into Zambia. There had been reports of more than 1,000 rebels heading for Angola by way of a narrow strip of North Western Zambia. President Kaunda said he know of no rebels at all-but that there had been 300, unarmed refugees. He was speaking ??? a press conference in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
SYNOPSIS: President Kaunda also denied allegations by President Mobutu of Zaire that Zambia had aided the Katangese.