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    The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Mr. Andrew Young, has forecast that new?

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    SV PAN President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, and Mr. Andrew Young, the United States Ambassador at the united Nations, enter and sit down with the United States Ambassador in Zambia, Stephen Low, and other officials

    SV PAN FROM Dr. Kaunda TO Mr. Young and other officials listening

    SV PAN FROM Mr. Young making notes TO Dr. Kaunda speaking

    KAUNDA: "Unless the (indistinct) governments take a front seat in this whole, sad episode, we may not find the correct solution. You may think this is being undiplomatic, but I'm not a diplomat: I'm a President. I repeat what I said to you in Zanzibar, something I made public, because I believe in that. We believe that the internal settlement, so-called, is a settlement between the master and slave. We believe that the three so-called nationalist leaders are, in effect, puppets. Now, I'm saying this not by way of derogation, but by way of description. Mr. Ambassador, I don't want to attack them; I am merely describing what they are: they are puppets, and nothing more."

    The Front line leaders were expected to meet in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the weekend of 25-26 March with Mr. Nkomo and his Patriotic Front co-leader, Mr. Robert Mugabe. The Front is widely recognised as the spearhead of the Black war effort against the White Rhodesians, and the Frontline states are responsible in Black Africa for supporting their guerrillas.

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    Background: The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Mr. Andrew Young, has forecast that new efforts would be made in the next few weeks to bring about a 'genuine' ceasefire in Rhodesia. Without going into detail, he said in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, on Thursday (23 March) that the leaders of Black Africa's Frontline' states -- Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and Angola -- would be closely involved. After meeting with Mr. Young, the Zambian President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, described the Rhodesian nationalist leaders who reached an internal agreement with their Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, as 'puppets'.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Young has been making his latest swing through African countries trying to revive flagging Western initiatives on Rhodesia and Namibia (South West Africa). Mr. Smith had seized the initiative by drawing up his internal settlement with a group of Rhodesian Black nationalist leaders. Mr. Young arrived in Lusaka to talk both with Dr. Kaunda and other Zambian politicians, and with Rhodesian Patriotic Front leaders, whose radical organisation was excluded from the Smith settlement. The United States envoy repeated here that the internal settlement could expect little, if any, support from his country. Diplomatic observers said Britain had been nervously watching Mr. Young's visit to Lusaka in case he put forward unilateral proposals to Patriotic Front leader Joshua Nkomo. For their part, the Americans have been worried that Britain would recognise the controversial internal agreement. Dr. Kaunda spoke about the black Rhodesians who had made the agreement.

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