Black American Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. told a Nairobi news conference on Wednesday (14 January)?
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CONGRESSMAN DIGGS: "I think that the United States ought to exert itself with respect to South Africa. I think that the United States ought to recall the American Ambassador from Pretoria. We ought to recall the defence attache, bring them back to Washington for definite consultations. That is a diplomatic signal that has a great deal of meaning, and I think it would indicate to South Africans that we are serious to try and get them to withdraw because I think its important to get this South African intervention matter settled now because there are other areas that are similar in many ways to the situation to which South Africa (indistinct) to be its interest. And if this is an example of how South Africa is going to proceed during the remainder of the Southern African liberation movements then we're headed towards a race war before its over with."
U.S. CULTURAL CENTRE: CONGRESSMAN DIGGS WITH NEWSMEN: CONGRESSMAN DIGGS SPEAKING.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This film is serviced with part of Congressman Diggs' news conference. A transcript follows:-
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Background: Black American Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. told a Nairobi news conference on Wednesday (14 January) that it was up to the United State to "get South Africa out of the Angolan war".
Congressman Diggs stopped briefly in Nairobi on his way home from Addis Ababa and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) special summit meeting on the Angolan crisis. He had been the only official American observer at the summit.
Congressman Diggs said he had already urged the U.S. State Department to "bring home" the U.S. Ambassador and Military Attache from Pretoria, for prolonged consultation as a means of showing displeasure over South Africa's military involvement in Angola.
He also repeated an earlier statement that U.S. involvement in the Angolan civil war was "the most serious blunder it has committed in the entire history of U.S.-African relations."
"Because America is significantly involved in South Africa's economic and technological advancement, we have to get them out of Angola," he said.
According to Congressman Diggs, the Soviet Union's position in Angola would be untenable if both South Africa and the Untied States withdrew.