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    THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (O.A.U.) MEETING IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA,?

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    CONFERENCE HALL; INTERVIEW WITH ZAMBIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. O.S. KAMBONA, (SOF); INTERVIEW WITH TANZANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MR. SIMON KAPEPWE, (SOF).



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    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT KIND OF ACTION DO YOU THINK O.A.U. WILL RECOMMEND THIS TIME TO TOPPLE THE IAN SMITH GOVERNMENT?"



    MR. KAMBONA: "I REGRET TO SAY THAT O.A.U. HAS LOST INITIATIVE WHEN MANY MEMBER STATES DID NOT HONOUR THE RESOLUTION OF BREAKING RELATIONS WITH BRITAIN. WE FEEL OURSELVES THAT IF THE AFRICAN STATES HAD DONE SO WE WOULD HAVE MADE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THE WORLD -- THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE -- AND ON THE BRITISH PEOPLE. BUT NOW, HAVING LOST THAT INITIATIVE, OUR PROBLEM IS HOW TO REGAIN IT. AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT ONE BECAUSE I CAN SEE THAT WITH THE TOPPLING OF KWAME NKRUMAH OF GHANA, WHO HAS BEEN VERY MUCH IN THE FOREFRONT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST IAN SMITH, THERE ISN'T VERY MUCH WE CAN EXPECT. BUT I SHOULD ... LITTLE, AND THAT IS PERHAPS O.A.U. WILL AGREE TO GO TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL AND TRY AGAIN WITH CHAPTER SEVEN, WHICH IS IN THE MANDATORY SANCTIONS, AND FORCE AND GET IT THROUGH THE UNITED NATIONS -- IN ORDER TO FORCE SOUTH AFRICA AND PORTUGAL TO COMPLY WITH THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS. THIS I THINK, THIS IS AS MUCH AS WE CAN GET FROM THIS MEETING."



    INTERVIEWER: "MR. KAPEPWE, YOU'VE BEEN A CONSISTENT ADVOCATE OF THE USE OF FORCE TO RESOLVE THE RHODESIAN SITUATION -- WHY IS IT THAT YOU CONSIDER THIS THE BEST METHOD IN VIEW OF THE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES THAT FOLLOW?"



    MR. KAPEPWE: "WELL, I THINK WE HAVE NOT BEEN ADVOCATING FORCE BECAUSE WE LIKE TO KILL PEOPLE, OR WE ARE INTERESTED IN KILLING PEOPLE. BUT IT IS A QUESTION OF DECIDING THE FUTURE OF THE POOR EUROPEANS WHO ARE IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA AND THEIR OWN CHILDREN, THOSE WHO COME AFTER THEM, THAT THE SITUATION HAS TO BE SOUGHT NOW, OR THEY WILL LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN IN TROUBLE. NOW THE POINT IS THIS, THAT THE EUROPEANS IN SOUTHERN RHODESIA HAVE BEEN SO SAVAGE THAT THEY'VE NOT BEEN THINKING OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN AT ALL. IT'S JUST COMMON SENSE THAT THEY CANNOT FOR EVER OPPRESS AND SUPPRESS FOUR MILLION PEOPLE."




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    Background: THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (O.A.U.) MEETING IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, CALLED ON ALL COUNTRIES TODAY (SATURDAY) TO INTENSIFY THEIR ECONOMIC BLOCKADE OF RHODESIA. DURING THE WEEK-LONG MEETING, A NUMBER OF DELEGATIONS HAVE WALKED OUT OVER THE RHODESIAN ISSUE, INCLUDING TANZANIA, WHOSE FOREIGN MINISTER ALONG WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF ZAMBIA, RHODESIA'S NORTHERN NEIGHBOUR, COMMENTED ON THE ISSUE FOR VISNEWS (SOF).

    THE MINISTERS' RESOLUTION ON RHODESIA CAME IN THE FINAL PLENARY SESSION OF THE COUNCIL, WHICH HAS BEEN MEETING IN ADDIS ABABA SINCE MONDAY. THE 18-NATION DRAFT TEXT, SUBMITTED BY THE COUNCIL'S POLITICAL COMMITTEE, WAS APPROVED BY 23 VOTES IN FAVOUR, NONE AGAINST, AND ONE ABSTENTION. MR. KAMBONA, ZAMBIA'S CHIEF DELEGATE, WAS ASKED ON WEDNESDAY...

    THE TANZANIAN CHIEF DELEGATE, MR. KAPEPWE, WAS ASKED ...

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6BBRLH26KIGS7GIUT85VMN0E3
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BBRLH26KIGS7GIUT85VMN0E3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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