INTRODUCTION: United States Assistant Secretary of State Designate for Africa, Dr.
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SV Dr. Chester Crocker leaving Government building after seeing Mugabe
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SV Crocker speaking to newsmen at airport (4 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 4: CROCKER: "We covered all the outstanding issues in Southern African and we discussed in Southern Africa and we discussed, in addition, U.S.-Zimbabwe bi-lateral relations and on our side we found this most informative and a most useful exchange of views. I would say further that both sides indicated their strong desire to continue the good relations that we have between our two countries. We agreed that we would like to do everything we can to retain them. Well I believe that all the countries in the region must be considered important. This one happens to have obviously a strong economy relative of many of its neighbours. It has a great deal of developmental promise; it has an atmosphere of reconciliation and tolerance which obviously must please us in that sense we would like to see the Zimbabwe experiment succeed."
REPORTER: "What about the case of Soviet service like Swapo? How will you seek to stop the expansion of Soviet influence with those insurgents?"
CROCKER: "I think it's very important that we make a distinction between an organisation such as a political party on the one hand which is a local, local party, a nationalist party which may use Marxist-Leninist terminology on the one hand and the Soviet Union and its military allies on the other. We make an important distinction between those two."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United States Assistant Secretary of State Designate for Africa, Dr. Chester Crocker, left Mozambique on Tuesday (14 April) for Swaziland on the next stage of his 10-nation tour. But he did not comment on the outcome of his talks with Mozambique leaders. He was not received by President Samora Machel but spent two hours with a Foreign Ministry delegation. His reception was in contrast to that in Zimbabwe, where he talked for more than an hour with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.
Mr. Crocker's visit to Salisbury followed earlier talks in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia aimed at reviving Westorn efforts towards a settlement on Namibia, formerly South-West Africa. The United States is canvassing support for a plan leading to a constitutional conference before elections, similar to that which election, similar to that which preceded Zimbabwe's independence a year ago. Before leaving Salisbury, Mr. Crocker spoke to newsmen.