The Zambian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vernon Mwaanga said in Nairobi on Saturday (11?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MWAANGA: "During Mr. Callaghan's visit to Zambia, President Kaunda warned him that if Britain does not take serious initiatives, if she does not convene a constitutional conference, and do so as soon as possible, we may lose the opportunity of lifetime. The result could be continued fighting for the next 10, 20, 30, 40, maybe 50 years. He has explained that we have opted from negotiations because we prefer to talk, rather than to kill. We prefer a negotiated settlement rather than continued bloodshed. Not only in Rhodesia, but in southern Africa as a whole. It must be understood that if these negotiations do not succeed, Africa will have no alternative but to support a prolonged and protracted armed struggle. It must also be understood that all the assistance which the O.A.U. and other socialist countries have been giving to Mozambique and Angola, will have to be directed towards Rhodesia and towards Namibia. And that's why we are anxious that we prefer not to pursue no policies of peace which are likely to bring about results and continue the armed struggle. We are not tired of supporting the armed struggle and the fulfil a very important aspect of (INDISTINCT) on Southern Africa which says clearly that should the racist regimes be not prepared to talk to the nationalist leaders on a realistic basis then by all means we should be encouraging them to do so. I also want to make it clear that our efforts have not been aimed at negotiating independence on behalf of the people our efforts have been aimed at enabling the people to be able to suitable under the conditions which they have got to live."
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Background: The Zambian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vernon Mwaanga said in Nairobi on Saturday (11 January) that now was the time to help solve the southern African white-black problem. He was commenting on the visit to the area by the British Foreign Secretary, Mr. James Callaghan.