Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda said in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Thursday (2 June) that his army would strike back if his country were attacked by Rhodesian forces.
Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda said in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Thursday (2 June) that his army would strike back if his country were attacked by Rhodesian forces. He was speaking at a news conference which marked the end of three days of talks with Belgian and European Economic Community (ECC) leaders.
Rhodesian troops were reported to be returning home on Friday (3 June) after their four-day occupation of an area of Mozambique. Government sources said the same type of operation against black nationalist guerillas might be repeated whatever the outside world thought.
SYNOPSIS: The talks at the ECC Commission's headquarters centred on relations between Zambia and the ECC. President Kaunda's discussions in Brussels were with the Commission's President, Roy Jenkins. A number of African states already have special trade agreements with the ECC under the so-called "Lome Agreement". The Common Market normally imposes import levies on countries outside the community. But the Lome Agreement allows certain countries to have special concessions on their exports to the ECC.
Mr. Jenkins and other members of the European community have been closely following the situation in southern Africa and in particular, Rhodesia. President Kaunda said at Thursday's news conference that Western economic interests were helping to keep the minority governments in power in southern Africa.
President Kaunda then condemned Rhodesia's recent attack into Mozambique. He said that if Mr. Smith had the right of hot pursuit into neighbouring countries then Zambia had the same right.