The Zambian President, Doctor Kenneth Kaunda, on a two-day visit to France, was received at the Elysee Palace on March 28 by the French President, M. Francois Mitterrand.
GV Kenneth Kaunda, President of Zambia, inspects guard of honour.
GV PAN Kaunda walks up steps to be greeted by M. Mitterrand.
GV EXTERIOR Elysee Palace.
GV Mitterrand sees Kaunda off on way out.
SV Flag on car.
SV Kaunda speaks to reporters. (SOT)
SV Kaunda gets into car.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 7) "Mr. President, can you tell me what your talks concerned today with President Mitterrand?"
KAUNDA: "We were discussing about matters including bilateral relations and also trouble-spots -- Southern Africa and other places."
REPORTER: "And were you satisfied with the response of the French President?"
KAUNDA: "Yes (indistinct)."
REPORTER: "And what was the response of the French President?"
KAUNDA: "I cannot tell you."
REPORTER: "And what about economic matters, Mr. President?"
KAUNDA: "We discussed those too continually."
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Background: The Zambian President, Doctor Kenneth Kaunda, on a two-day visit to France, was received at the Elysee Palace on March 28 by the French President, M. Francois Mitterrand. The two leaders held talks which concentrated on the Namibian question and the situation in South Africa. In an interview with Reuters following the talks, Doctor Kaunda said he did not agree with the Reagan administration's stand on Namibia. He maintained that the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola should not be linked with the independence of Namibia. He urged the five-nation Western Contact Group to stop disagreeing among themselves and push for the independence of Namibia (the group comprises, France, West Germany, Britain, the United States and Canada). President Kaunda praised France's on the issue is not accepting a link between the questions of Namibia and Angola. Zambia, together with Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique and Botswana, is part of the Frontline Group of African States pressing for the independence of Namibia, which is ruled by South Africa in defiance of the United Nations. Doctor Kaunda also accused South Africa of trying to destabilise black African states, and asserted that any revolution to change the system in white-ruled South Africa would have to come from within. After his visit to France, Doctor Kaunda was due to meet President Reagan in the United States.