President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has appealed to United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, to help bring about a Rhodesia settlement on the basis of the Anglo-American proposals.
SV: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim receiving a message from Zambian Foreign Minister, Siteke Mwale, in the Secretary General's office.
MWALE: "Your excellency, it is with great pleasure that I hand to you a message from His Excellency, the President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. A message which comes with special greetings and compliments from the President, who values your work here very, very much. We all wish you the best in your very difficult job, and you can rest assured Mr. Secretary General that we shall always co-operate, and work very closely with you."
WALDHEIM: "Thank you very much Mr. Minister. I have already expressed my deep concern about the tragic incidents in your country, and be assured that I shall not fail to do everything in my power to assist your country in solving this most critical problem."
MWALE: "Thank you."
At a New York dinner on Wednesday (8 March), Mr. Waldheim said that it would be ironical if the United Nations were not able to make a contribution in what should now be the final stage of concluding a peaceful and durable settlement. He said the Anglo-American plan, first launched last June, envisaged a significant role for the UN in the transitional period leading to Rhodesia's independence under majority rule. Referring to the internal settlement guerrilla organisation did not agree terms, "the problem cannot be solved and the tragic conflict will continue".
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has appealed to United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, to help bring about a Rhodesia settlement on the basis of the Anglo-American proposals. Zambia has also asked for an urgent meeting of the Security Council to consider the recent Rhodesian miliary incursion into it's territory. President Kaunda's appeal was delivered to Mr. Waldheim on Thursday (9 March) by Zambian Foreign Minister, Siteke Mwale, who had an hour-long meeting with the Secretary General.