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    The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, made a plea on Thursday (28 August) for immediate financial aid from the United States, Britain and other western countries.

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    GV Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, arriving at news conference at London Airport

    U.S.A. GV Applause as Mr Mugabe and U.S. President Jimmy Carter begin news conference in Washington

    SCU President Carter speaking in English AND PULL BACK TO GV applause

    SCU Mr. Mugabe speaking in English PAN TO President Carter and other officials listening PAN BACK TO Mr. Mugabe

    CARTER: "In the past few months and years the leadership of people like Andrew Young and Don McHenry in our country has helped to shape and change opinion among the American populace in support of this notable achievement. And the admiration, Mr. Prime Minister, for your courage over long and sometimes lonely years under the most difficult possible circumstances is a feeling which I share with millions of Americans who admire you very deeply. I want to congratulate you on the acceptance of Zimbabwe as a new member of the United Nations, on your tremendous speech on that occasion which exemplified the principles and ideals of your own life and also of proving already that you are the leader, not only of a great new republic, but a notable world leader exemplifying the finest aspects of humanity. I might say that you have also been invited here because I want to observe very closely the techniques that you have used in your successful political efforts."

    MUGABE: "A society which divides itself into groups of people on the basis of race in anathema t humanity. And these principles you had enshrined in your own constitution. We fought, therefore, to overthrow an evil system based on racialism, the colonial system, one which had been imposed by history on us and one which had brought about a great deal of suffering amongst our people. When we took to arms it was not because we wanted to see blood flowing in our streets. We did so because there was no alternative. And as I said yesterday in my address to the General Assembly of the United Nations we had to resort to war in order to bring about peace... using war as a means of achieving peace."

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    Background: The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, made a plea on Thursday (28 August) for immediate financial aid from the United States, Britain and other western countries. He was speaking to a news conference at London's Heathrow Airport on his way home from talks with President Carter in Washington. He said that 350-million dollars was needed over the next two years for new schools, hospitals and roads.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mugabe told reporters in London that, in general, the United States government had been well disposed to the idea of sanding mor aid to Zimbabwe, if not immediately then a long-term basis.

    Yesterday, at a gathering o American Congressmen in Washington, both Jimmy Carter and Robert Mugabe spoke of the significance of Zimbabwe's new leadership.

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