In his speech to the United Nations' General Assembly on Monday (22 September)k United States Secretary of State Dr.
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TRANSCRIPT: KISSINGER: "The United States has followed carefully and with great sympathy the efforts to r each peaceful settlement in southern Africa. We welcome the statesmanlike efforts of both black and white African leaders who are seeking to prevent violence and bloodshed. And to promote a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia. T he differences between the two communities in that country, while substantial, have been narrowed in the last decade. Both sides in Rhodesia. The differences between the two communities in that country, while substantial, have been narrowed in the last decade. Both sides in Rhodesia, and Rhodesia's neighbours, black and white, have an interest in averting war. The United States will support all efforts to bring about a peaceful settlement. In underlining our goal of peaceful change for southern Africa I want to emphasise the importance of an early settlement in Namibia. My Government's opposition to South Africa's continuing occupation of Namibia and our rejection of South Africa's apartheid system are well known. The United States has consistently conveyed out position on this subject to South Africa."
BANDA: "I would like to draw the attention of the General Assembly to the situation in southern Africa. It is in this spirit also that the status of the racist and minority exploitation and oppression of the majority in this area constitute a serious threat to international peace and security is not in any aspect in the interests of this organisation. As members of this organisation, we therefore have a joint and solemn responsibility to support the struggle in southern Africa to majority rule and independence."
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Background: In his speech to the United Nations' General Assembly on Monday (22 September)k United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger reaffirmed his country's opposition to South Africa's continued presence in Southwest Africa (Namibia).
He said the U.S. has repeatedly explained its opposition to South Africa, whose refusal to get out of Southwest Africa led to the General Assembly decision barring it from the last U.N. session.
He also called for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia, where the white-dominated government is being confronted by African nationalist groups. Without naming names, he said the U.S. welcomed the efforts of white and black African leaders who have south to mediate in the dispute.
Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and South African Prime Minster John Vorster recently arranged a meeting between Rhodesian Prime Minster Ian Smith and representatives of the African National Council. The meeting ended in stalemates.
Later in the U.N. session, Zambian Foreign Minster Rupiah Banda, criticised the Western nations for sustaining racist minority regimes in southern Africa. He accused the U.S., Britain and France of blocking strong U.N. action against South Africa.
He said the continued occupation of Southwest Africa was a threat to world peace. He urged the U.N. to support "the struggle in Southern Africa to majority rule and independence".