President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has added to allegations of Rhodesian sanction-busting operations by British-owned oil companies.
CU Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda speaking to newsmen
KAUNDA: "I hope they're kneeling down in shame, and are able to admit that what I said ten-and-a-half years ago was in fact correct: that their own Prime Minister knew about this at the time I was being insulted by the British Press, for saying what I said, what was correct, what was true, what was factual. But to me, It's not surprising, why was it necessary to tell Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith that the British Government would not use force, even if he did go against the British Government? What did Smith say? I have asked this question several times. I have had no answer. I've revealed of late, I think about three years ago, that I have reliable information that Harold Wilson, after failing to persuade Smith not to go on that venture , turned round to him and said: `Ian Smith, if you can last this twenty-four months, you will be over the hump. You will find everybody will accept you. I will help you by declaring that I will not use force.' This is also reliable, my information."
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has added to allegations of Rhodesian sanction-busting operations by British-owned oil companies. At a news conference in Lusaka on Friday (8 September), President Kaunda charged that Sir Harold Wilson -- while Prime Minister of Britain -- encouraged Rhodesia's white minority to declare unilateral independence in 1965. The Zambian leader also alleged that Sir Harold later knew that British Government-owned oil companies were breaking economic sanctions against Rhodesia. The previous night in London, Sir Harold had denied any knowledge of direct sanction-breaking, but said he knew oil refined by British companies and intended for South Africa was being diverted to Rhodesia. Dr. Kaunda said that when he had claimed in 1968 about oil sanctions being broken by British companies, the idea had been dismissed by British press.