INTRODUCTION: Black nationalist leaders from Rhodesia and South West Africa (Namibia) have attacked western powers at a special United Nations Conference in Maputo, Mozambique, which was called to press for international support for majority rule in the two countries.
INTRODUCTION: Black nationalist leaders from Rhodesia and South West Africa (Namibia) have attacked western powers at a special United Nations Conference in Maputo, Mozambique, which was called to press for international support for majority rule in the two countries. The conference was opened on Monday (16 May) by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, who warned that an international disaster of grave dimensions would occur if efforts to find peaceful solutions were not speeded up. Black Rhodesian nationalist Mr. Robert Mugabe attacked Britain, France, the United States and other western powers for their actions over Rhodesia and for breaking United Nations sanctions. Mr. Sam Nujoma, President of the rebel South West Africa People's organisation, said a visit to Namibia by Britain, Canada, France, West Germany and the United States earlier this month was illegal, and a violation of United Nations General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (17 May) the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Andrew Young spoke to newsmen when he arrived in Maputo for the conference -- affirming U.S. support for majority rule in southern Africa.
Mr. Young said United States and black African interests were not in a real sense in conflict. He said everyone would profit by majority rule and by as peaceful a transition as possible. Britain's Foreign Office Minister of State, Mr. Ted Rowlands, also spoke on the problem.
In Salisbury the previous day, the Rhodesian Parliament met to consider President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia's warning that he had put his country on a war footing. The warning came after a message from Britain that Rhodesia threatened to attack guerrilla bases in Zambia. A Rhodesian government spokesman dismissed the Zambian threat.
Other Rhodesians were asked what they thought.