Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda on Friday (20 February) said a bloodbath would follow if the present constitutional talks broke down between Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr.
Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda on Friday (20 February) said a bloodbath would follow if the present constitutional talks broke down between Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, and black nationalist leader, Mr. Joshua Nkoma.
"I have made it clear to Mr. Nkoma. Get majority rule and you are alright. Fail and you become irrelevant," Mr. Kaunda said.
"Africa has been patient enough. That patience has been exhausted and now the bloodbath must follow."
President Kaunda said Mr. Smith had said his electorate would not allow majority rule immediately.
"All right, that means this will now be settled on the battlefield. That electorate will lose all their farms and all their industries to the liberation movement," he said.
"It is a stupid thing to say in 1976, February 1976 in southern Africa, to say the electorate, the white electorate of 250,000 people won't accept majority rule. What a stupid thing to say."
Also in his speech, President Kaunda reiterated his country's non-recognition of the MPLA government in Angola and called for a withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country.
He also accused the Soviet Union of involvement in anti-government demonstrations in Zambia.
The Soviet envoy at the conference conferred with his interpreter and he looked angry. He did not walk out as the Czechoslovak ambassador had done earlier, when President Kaunda had condemned the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968.