The presidents of the five countries involved in black Africa's struggle against Rhodesia have ended their summit meeting in Lusaka, and demanded major changes in Dr.
The presidents of the five countries involved in black Africa's struggle against Rhodesia have ended their summit meeting in Lusaka, and demanded major changes in Dr. Kissinger's peace plan. Four of the leaders left the Zambian capital on Saturday (25 September).
SYNOPSIS: The Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, was among the first to leave after saying farewell to the host President Kenneth Kaunda. They and the other leaders issued a statement saying that the black nationalist guerrilla war would continue until their demands were met. Diplomatic sources say the presidents believe the outline of the peace plan given by Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian Smith leaves too much power in the hands of the whites.
The other presidents taking part in the talks were from Botswana, Mozambique and Angola. They called on Britain, the legal power in Rhodesia, to convene a conference immediately to work on establishing a black majority interim government. But they appear to have accepted the principals of Dr. Kissinger's plan.
The presidents, congratulated what they termed "the people and fighters of Zimbabwe, whose hard and heroic armed struggle forced the rebel regime and the enemy in general to recognise and accept the inevitability of majority rule." Their statement said it was a victory for all Africa and mankind that the guerrilla struggle in Rhodesia had created the present favourable conditions for the convening of the proposed constitutional conference.