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DR. HENRY KISSINGER SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS.
KISSINGER: "The United States wishes that the situation in Angola be handled as an African problem and it would support a solution in which no outside power participates. And in which the Organisation of African Unity will cooperate with the parties inside Angola to find an African solution. The United States a did not become concerned until there had already taken place substantial Soviet involvement and the introduction of massive outside equipment and later the introduction of Cuban forces. Now I think, as I have pointed out repeatedly, there should not be a war of proxy of the great powers. I do not think it is an analogy to Vietnam."
United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has warned that his Government will try to prevent any attempt by the Soviet Union to gain dominance in the war-tron African country of Angola. Dr. Kissinger told newsmen in Brussels the situation could not be compared to Vietnam.
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Background: United States' Secretary of State. Dr. Henry Kissinger, has said his country will try to stop the Soviet Union from gaining a dominant position in Angola.
In the Belgian capital, Brussels, Dr. Kissinger, said on Friday (12 December) his government believed that all foreign powers should stay out of the conflict and allow the Angolans to find what he termed "an African solution" to the problem.
Angola has been torn apart in a violent civil war during the past several months as rival liberation forces battle for control of the whole country.
Dr. Kissinger warned that unless the Angolans were allowed to find their own solution to the problem the "United States will try to prevent on party, through force of massive shipment of arms, from trying to achieve dominance."
The Secretary of State said the United States had not been "concerned" with Angola "until there had already taken place a substantial Soviet involvement and the introduction of massive outside equipment and, later, the introduction of Cuban forces".
Dr. Kissinger added that the Angolan situation could not be compared to that of Vietnam and said he did not think "there should be a war of proxy" in the African territory by the great powers of the world.