The Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned countries -- at their conference in Guyana -- agreed on what they called the urgent necessity of assisting the armed struggle of liberation movements in southern Africa.
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DAVIS: In your speech Minister, you also asked for other formerly colonised countries to back the liberation movements of Africa. Have you received any definite offers from such countries in this conference.
DR. MUNGAI: It's starting to flowin, yes.
DAVIS: May I ask where from........
MUNGAI: First of all the President of Guyana, since the last non-aligned conference, has been giving funds to the liberation movement. Then, during this conference, Jamaica has given a donation and is going to continue. And by the time we finish, since we in Africa countries are determined to carry out the liberation movement, we are going to ask the number states of non-aligned countries to do likewise. Because they have been colonised they know about being subjugated, they know how it is to be humiliated by other people who come from overseas, they know how bad it is to be exploited by foreigners and therefore they have sympathy on our side and I am sure they are going to respond and they are going to give and support the liberation movement in Africa.
DAVIS: Major General Aferi, do you believe that armed struggle is the most effective way to accelerate decolonisation in the Africa of today.
MAJOR GENERAL AFERI: I most certainly think so. The reason is this, that most colonial powers of the last decade gave up colonies without any trouble, that is to say they gave independence without much bloodshed. But those remaining pockets of colonialism appear to be rather intransigent and as a result I consider that the only means of approaching them is by armed struggle.
DAVIS INTERVIEWING BOTH MINISTERS
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Background: The Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned countries -- at their conference in Guyana -- agreed on what they called the urgent necessity of assisting the armed struggle of liberation movements in southern Africa.
The final declaration issued yesterday (Saturday) by the conference said the African people had no alternative but to intensify their armed struggle.
It said that the Non-Aligned countries 'undertook to consider ways and means of establishing a method of providing systematic finance, armaments and training for the liberation movements of Afria'.
Although envoys of various African liberation groups had gone to the conference, hoping for gilt edged pledges of cash, guns and supplies, the only known pledge was for 12,500 pounds Sterling (5,210 dollars) from Jamaica.
Visnews reporter Martin Davis, spoke to Kenyan Foreign Minister Dr. Njoroge Mungai and Ghanaian Foreign Minister Major-General Aferi about African liberation.