INTRODUCTION President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia -- fresh from discussions on Rhodesia with other African leaders involved in the problem -- is in Nigeria on a six-day state visit.
GV ZOOM IN Zambia Airways aircraft on tarmac at Lagos airport, Nigeria
SV Nigerian head of state Olusegun Obasanjo, and others on tarmac
SV ZOOM IN President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and party down aircraft steps and greeted by Obasanjo and others
GV Flags flying
MVs Kaunda reviewing guard of honour and watched by crowd (3 shots)
MV Kaunda and Obasanjo and others out of airport terminal building and walk to cars
SV PAN Military-escorted motorcade drives away
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Background: INTRODUCTION President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia -- fresh from discussions on Rhodesia with other African leaders involved in the problem -- is in Nigeria on a six-day state visit. He arrived on Tuesday (11 January) to a full-scale ceremonial welcome.
SYNOPSIS: Only two days earlier, President Kaunda was hosting a Lusaka summit on Rhodesia with leaders from Angola, Mozambique, Botswana and Tanzania. Nigerian Head of state Lieutenant-General Olusegun Obasanjo, at Lagos airport to lead the welcoming party, had already called on Britain to declare it will grant black majority independence to Rhodesia not later than March next year. He made the call jointly with President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, whom he entertained on a similar six-day state visit in November.
Dr. Kaunda's visit, according to one experienced observer in London, will probably end with a joint declaration calling for all parties concerned to implement Britain's agreement to station its own high commissioner in Salisbury. He would remain for the duration of a transitional government leading to full majority rule in less than two years.
The Zambian leader is a party to a guarantee issued this week by President Nyerere, that guerrilla warfare in Rhodesia will stop when there is agreement in Salisbury to accept a transitional government of those nationalist leaders in the Geneva conference. This is seen as an attempt to block any plans by Rhodesia premier Ian Smith to put up a majority transitional government of black chiefs loyal to him.
President Kaunda has some control over guerrillas operating from Zambian base-camps, and the Nigerian government itself favours a peaceful settlement.