INTRODUCTION: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union have pledged their continued support for guerrillas fighting white minority rule in southern Africa.
CU President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia speaking to guests at farewell banquet for Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny. (7 shots)
CU Podgorny and Kaunda drinking toast.
SV Podgorny waving to crowd at airport.
MV Podgorny shaking hands, including black nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo. (2 shots)
MCU Nkomo talking to colleagues.
SV Podgorny waving from steps of aircraft.
TRANSCRIPT: KAUNDA: "Your visit to this area, comrade President, this area of conflict, is of great historical significance. The armed struggle is in a most decisive stage. You are meeting people whose cause your country has supported for many years. Millions of people in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa need more material support to wage their struggle against the enemy."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union have pledged their continued support for guerrillas fighting white minority rule in southern Africa. Their agreement came on Tuesday (29 March) after a four-day state visit by President Podgorny to Zambia. On Tuesday night the two leaders toasted each other with champagne and President Kaunda talked of the links between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: A statement signed after the meetings promised new impetus in the development of Zambian-Soviet ties. Just over a year ago relations between the two countries plummeted because of Soviet and Cuban intervention in the Angolan civil war.
A large group of prominent local people went to Lusaka airport to say goodbye to President Podgorny, including black nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo. The Soviet President met representatives of liberation movements from the three African countries under white rule -- Rhodesia, Namibia and South Africa, and pledged support for their cause.
President Podgorny also said the Soviet Union does not seek any selfish advantages, concessions or military bases in dealings with the Third World. He visited Tanzania before Zambia and then flew to Mozambique.