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    The Presidents of Angola, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia were meeting President Julius Nyerere in Tanzania on Sunday (5 September) to discuss the situation in southern Africa.

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    GV EXTERIOR State House, Lusaka

    SV INTERIOR US Ambassador, Stephen Low, speaking

    SVs Ambassador Low handing over credentials to President Kenneth Kaunda as aides look on (2 shots)

    SVs Kaunda speaking as Mr. Low listens (3 shots)

    SV & GV EXTERIOR Kaunda talking with Portuguese Ambassador Antonio Flore de Andrade (2 shots)

    LOW: "Last April, Secretary Kissinger chose Lusaka to deliver a speech which constituted a watershed in United States policy towards southern Africa and is perhaps one of the most important, by an American, to have been delivered in Africa. He committed us to play a significant role in the effort to achieve majority rule, self-determination and a quality of treatment for all in southern Africa. This commitment has been followed by a continuing effort by my government to provide, to promote peaceful change in this area of the world. In the weeks and months to come, you will find me, Mr. President, dedicated to this endeavour, and to the efforts which both our countries are engaged to increase understanding between us and achieve a better life for the inhabitants of this continent."

    KAUNDA: "We are working to a programme drawn by OAU of which we are honest members. Our programme was had to talk peace, first and foremost and when this fails.....then we must fight for the cause of Man's politics. This yourselves and history have demonstrated. I must also ask you to understand that we are also fighting in Namibia. In Zimbabwe we have cold reason to believe that Secretary of State Kissinger's efforts, present efforts, will meet with success. Once bitten, twice shy. We are told that it is impossible to wait for peace. We have failed. My colleagues in the party and government will give you the respect and cooperation you need to make efforts meaningful to our nations. May God bless your programme."

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    Background: The Presidents of Angola, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia were meeting President Julius Nyerere in Tanzania on Sunday (5 September) to discuss the situation in southern Africa. The announcement came as South African Prime Minister, John Vorster, and the United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, prepared to meet in Switzerland to hold talks on southern Africa. United States efforts to find a solution to the problems of southern Africa were restated when the new US Ambassador to Zambia, Stephen Low, presented his credentials on Tuesday (31 August) to President Kenneth Kaunda.

    SYNOPSIS: Ambassador Low presented his credentials at State House in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

    President Kaunda, who recently said it was time for war in Rhodesia as all peaceful proposals had failed, gave his assent to United States continued negotiations for a bloodless settlement.

    Later in the day, the new Portuguese Ambassador to Zambia, Antonia Flore de Andrade, was received by President Kaunda. Portugal finally withdrew its territorial presence in Africa last year when it gave independence to Angola and Mozambique. It is the remaining white minority governments of Rhodesia and South Africa that the five African Presidents will be discussing in Tanzania.

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