INTRODUCTION: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Clark has completed his African mission, aimed at winning support for independence in Namibia (South West Africa).
SV ZOOM OUT GV U.S. delegation walks across tarmac, at Salisbury
SV PAN William Clark talking to reporters
SV Clark gets into car
SV PAN Clark and delegation arrive for meeting
SV Prime Minister Robert Mugabe greets Clark and U.S. delegation (2 shots)
SV ZOOM TO CU Mugabe speaking with Clark
SV PAN Mugabe, Clark and delegation enter building
GV PAN Building
SV Clark leaves and speaks to newsmen (2 shots)
SV Mugabe leaves and speaks to newsmen
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MUGABE: (SEQ 10) "I will release a statement this afternoon."
INTERVIEWER: "Do you think it has changed anything, sir?"
MUGABE: "Well, I'll tell you this afternoon."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Clark has completed his African mission, aimed at winning support for independence in Namibia (South West Africa). On the final leg of the tour, the American envoy met Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, after holding talks in Namibia and South Africa. Zimbabwe is one of the black African front line states, and closely concerned with the Namibian crisis.
SYNOPSIS: At Salisbury airport, Mr. Clark said his earlier talks with South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha had gone very well.
The American delegation arrived in the wake of an editorial in the pro-government Herald newspaper, which described their mission as a useless exercise. Because the United States had promised there would be no premature news leaks, Mr. Clark refused to comment.
President Reagan's administration is known to favour reducing the Untied Nations role in the transitional period before independence, but wants the presence of a U.N. civilian component in Namibia. Opposition to U.N. involvement has been expressed by several African leaders.
Prime Minister Mugabe has already pledged military, political and moral support to guerrillas fighting for independence in Namibia. He has urged Zimbabweans to donate cash to the guerrillas, but has not revealed how much his government has contributed to the cause. The guerrillas have said the amount is 50,000 dollars.
Mr. Clark and his delegation met Prime Minister Mugabe for 90 minutes of talks. The American team is said to have described the meeting as warm, cordial and frank. However, the Salisbury government is said to fear that the Reagan administration may soften its line towards South Africa.
Mr. Mugabe wants western nations seeking an acceptable independence settlement to continue with the U.N. peace formula. Although Mr. Clark brushed past newsmen, Prime Minister Mugabe has promise a statement on the talks.