President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, heading a 30-man Organisation of African Unity Mission, arrived in Bonn, West Germany on Thursday (October 15).
President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, heading a 30-man Organisation of African Unity Mission, arrived in Bonn, West Germany on Thursday (October 15). They were welcomed by West German Chancellor, willy Brandt.
The President and members of the mission had arrived from Rome where they began their task of dissuading western nations from supporting white-ruled minority regimes in Southern Africa.
However, before leaving Lusaka, president Kaunda told a press conference that the Rome part of the trip did not come under the auspices of the mission. Italy recently withdrew financial support from the Cabora Bassa Dam project in Mozambique, largely because of Zambian pressure.
Prior to a dinner in honour of the delegation in Bonn, the zambian president, who is also chairman of the O.A.U., had political talks with Herr Brandt, details of which were not disclosed.
Included as members in the Mission are the Foreign Ministers of Kenya, Algeria, Cameroun and Mali, and the Secretary-General of the O.A.U., M. Diallo Telli. The mission received its mandate from the recent conference of non-aligned nations in Lusaka.
It was at the dinner that President Kaunda praised the West German Government for humanism and said Bonn was helping to foster the seeds of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
The tone of his speech was unexpected as at the recent O.A.U. summit he condemned West Germany, along with other Western Nations as "one of the main suppliers of arms to South Africa."
After referring to the West German Government's efforts towards an understanding with Eastern Europe and its role in developing countries, the president added: "You are helping to water the seeds of freedom, justice and peace."
The mission was to go on to britain, the United states and France.