Six southern African leaders categorically rejected what they termed U.S. attempts to link Namibian independence talks with the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola at a Lusaka summit held on September 4.
SV President Kenneth Kaunda accompanying Julius Nyorere as he shakes hands with officials on tarmac (2 shots)
SV Nyorere shakes hands with Kaunda, boards plane, plane taxis along runaway (2 shots)
SV President Machel of Mozambique with Kaunda shaking hands with officials
SV Kaunda embracing Machel who then boards plane.
SV President Dos Santos of Angola (in dark suit) with Sam Nujoma of SWAPO shaking hands with officials
SV Nujoma embraces Kaunda & walks to plane followed by Dos Santos (2 shots)
SV President Quett Masire of Botswana and Prime Minister Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe shaking hands with officials (2 shots)
SV Mugabe shakes hands with Masire then Masire embraces Kaunda and waves before boarding plane
CU Prime Minister Mugabe talking to President Kaunda
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Background: Six southern African leaders categorically rejected what they termed U.S. attempts to link Namibian independence talks with the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola at a Lusaka summit held on September 4. The four-hour meeting, hosted by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, was attended by Presidents Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Samora Machel of Mozambique, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola, Quett Masire Botswana and Prime Minister Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. A communique issued by the so-called Front-line leaders said the Cuban issue ran counter to the United Nations guideline for independence in Namibia. The Front-Line states allege that the western 'contact group' involved in Namibia talks - a five-national body which includes the United States - is supporting South African's demand for the withdrawal of an estimated 18,000 Cuban troops stationed in Angola. Mr. Sam Mujoma, leader of the South West Africa Peoples Organisation (SWAPO) was also present at the summit which reportedly discussed a request from U.S. President Reagan to persuade SWAPO to be more flexible. The summit communique repeated previous accusations that South Africa has launched a widespread campaign of destabilisation in the southern African region.