Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda arrived in Lumbumbashi, Zaire on Tuesday (June 6) for talks with President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire.
Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda arrived in Lumbumbashi, Zaire on Tuesday (June 6) for talks with President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire. The meeting was conducted in near-secrecy; relations between the two countries have been strained and the Zaire government wanted to prevent any hostile demonstrations against the Zambian President.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting in Lumbumbashi between the two President coincided with the departure of French Legionnaires sent to restore the recent ???bebel fighting. The paratroops are being replaced by African peace-keeping forces from Senegal, Gabon, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Togo. It is estimated that several hundred people died during the Katangese rebel invasion.
President Mobutu met President Kaunda at the airport. There has been considerable criticism in the official press in Zaire of Zambia's role during the fighting in Shaba province. It is claimed that the Katangese rebels were based in Angola and had crossed Zambian territory to reach Zaire, and again when they were routed by the French paratroops. The official news agency reported angry exchanges between the two leaders after President Kaunda denied Zambian involvement in the invasion.
Reuters News Agency reported speculation that President Kaunda might mediate in the conflict between Angola and Zaire. The dispute dates back to the Angolan civil war when President Mobutu supported Angolan President Agostinho Neto's opponents. President Kaunda met President Neto for talks last week.