Presidents Samora Machel of Mozambique and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arrived in the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam on Wednesday (17 October) for talks with President Julius Nyerere and other front line leaders on a deadlock at the London Zimbabwe Rhodesia Peace Conference.
Presidents Samora Machel of Mozambique and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arrived in the Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam on Wednesday (17 October) for talks with President Julius Nyerere and other front line leaders on a deadlock at the London Zimbabwe Rhodesia Peace Conference. Dr. Nyerere called an emergency meeting of the five so-called front-lien states which support the Patriotic Front Alliance, in an attempt to resolve issues causing difficulties at the British sponsored talks.
SYNOPSIS: Zambian President Kenneth Kuanda--greeted here at Dar Es Salaam airport by Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere--is the Frontline President considered to have most to lose if the seven year old bush war in Zimbabwe Rhodesia continues. His country supports thousands of refugees from war torn areas--people who are loyal to Joshua Nkomo, one of the Patriotic Front leaders. He and Dr. Nyerere were joined at the emergency talks by Samora Machel of Mozambique, Botswana's President Seretse Khama and Angola new President Jose Eduardo Santos.
Zimbabwe Rhodesian Forces are reported to have recently stepped up their attacks on Zambia, broadening their targets from guerrilla bases to key economic areas. They included electric power plants and the landlocked country's vital rail link to the port of Dar Es Salaam. The last front-line summit was in the Zambian capital of Lusaka shortly before August's Commonwealth heads of government meeting, which paved the way for the London peace conference.
According to a spokesman from the Botswana delegation the Front-line states are determined that a settlement be found. He said the states were satisfied with the way the London talks have proceeded so far and the Patriotic Front have been urged to continue negotiations and compromise where necessary. The now resolved deadlock over externally-funded compensation for Zimbabwe Rhodesia white farmers whose land may be re-distributed after independence was high on the agenda. Dr. Nyerere said the problem--which had caused the deadlock on the London talks had been blown out of proportion.