United States' Secretary of State. Dr. Henry Kissinger, has said his country will try to?
United States' Secretary of State. Dr. Henry Kissinger, has said his country will try to stop the Soviet Union from gaining a dominant position in Angola.
In the Belgian capital, Brussels, Dr. Kissinger, said on Friday (12 December) his government believed that all foreign powers should stay out of the conflict and allow the Angolans to find what he termed "an African solution" to the problem.
Angola has been torn apart in a violent civil war during the past several months as rival liberation forces battle for control of the whole country.
Dr. Kissinger warned that unless the Angolans were allowed to find their own solution to the problem the "United States will try to prevent on party, through force of massive shipment of arms, from trying to achieve dominance."
The Secretary of State said the United States had not been "concerned" with Angola "until there had already taken place a substantial Soviet involvement and the introduction of massive outside equipment and, later, the introduction of Cuban forces".
Dr. Kissinger added that the Angolan situation could not be compared to that of Vietnam and said he did not think "there should be a war of proxy" in the African territory by the great powers of the world.