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    The Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Mr. John Malecela, said in Wellington, New Zealand, last weekend, that?

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    SV Minister Malecela with newsman

    CU PAN FROM Newsman to Minister

    REPORTER: "How far does Tanzania align itself with this council?"

    MR. MALECELA: "In the first place, Tanzania is a member of that council Definitely we do believe that the issue in question is still within the competence of the Government of New Zealand to solve. And I want to stress that I'm not here for that. I'm here to deliver a message from my President to the Prime Minister, because we think this issue is still within the competence of the Government of New Zealand to solve."

    REPORTER: "Even though in this country our Government says politics and sport don't mix?"

    MELECELA: "There I can't comment. This is really a matter for interpretation for the Government of New Zealand."

    REPORTER: "What would you like to see happen?"

    MELECELA: "Well, I can't say. But, of course, as Africans, I'm sure I do not have to repeat the view that we have expressed in the past that we do not want to exercise any kind of pressure over the Government of New Zealand. We want the Government of New Zealand to make its own decision out of its own principles."

    REPORTER: "Yet surely, the sort of statements that Mr. Ordia (Abraham Ordia, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa) has been making that if the Springboks come to New Zealand, the Commonwealth Games will be boycotted -- that is a form of pressure."

    MELECELA: "Well, I can't say, because the man who has made that statement is the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa. I am saying, finally, that Tanzania and other African countries, and indeed, many other countries in the Commonwealth Games, will have to give one statement or another. But we in Tanzania do think its not yet the time. It's still a matter for the New Zealand Government and, quite frankly, the Prime Minister the just been elected, he has just bene in office for a few months. We should be fair to him and give him a chance."

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    Background: The Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Mr. John Malecela, said in Wellington, New Zealand, last weekend, that his country did not want to exercise any pressure on New Zealand over the proposed tour of a South African rugby team, planned for later this year. Tanzania is among African countries which have threatened to boycott the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christ church, New Zealand, if the Springbok rugby tour takes place.

    Mr. Malecela was interviewed when he arrived on Sunday (11 March) for several days of talks with the New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr. Norman Kirk, and government officials. He said he had a personal message from President Julius Nyerere for Mr. Kirk.

    The Tanzanian Foreign Minister said he believed the rugby tour issue was still within the competence of the New Zealand Government to solve. Mr. Malecela had flown from Australia, where he'd held talks with Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

    SYNOPSIS: Tanzanian Foreign Minister John Malecela was interviewed on a visit to New Zealand about the supreme Council for Sport in Africa's threat to boycott next year's Commonwealth Games if a South African rugby team tours New Zealand.

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