In Lusaka, the Zambian capital, President Kenneth Kaunda has told Western newsmen that he rejects an all parties conference on the future of Rhodesia along the lines agreed to last week by the Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith.
SV President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia speaking in English with newsmen listening. (3 SHOTS)
KAUNDA: "I have not hidden my feelings about the present leader of the American people. There is no doubt in my mind. I say this even though I (INDISTINCT) is an honest man that I have loved and have respect for. I have said this before and (INDISTINCT), but his administration has made a gigantic tactical error in allowing the rebels freedom to go and give orders to move against Zambia, the rebelforce in Zambia, from Washington. I stand amazed at the lukewarm condemnation at this wanton and this dastardly attack on Zambia. The sorry statements by your government and the British government. All it integrally amount s to is saying to Smith `We don't mind what you do' in other words, to support him. To be able to say to us in Zambia, `that, you see, is why we want an all party conference' is, in actual effect saying to Smith, `We don't mind what you do, `with our people. The enemy is very busy through wild broadcasts telling the nation here that we are this and that we are finished here and there and so on.
Naturally, any don't expect your enemy to say good things about you. You don't unless you are a fool, believe what the enemy is saying about you. The enemy is an enemy and all those racists in Rhodesia, Namibia and South Africa are our enemies. Our allies are the liberation armies and their progressive supporters and all those who support the racists in southern Africa whether it be in America or anywhere else are our enemies and take them as such. For only then are you going to map out you reply to these daspardly and cowardly and cruel attacks on Zambia."
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Background: In Lusaka, the Zambian capital, President Kenneth Kaunda has told Western newsmen that he rejects an all parties conference on the future of Rhodesia along the lines agreed to last week by the Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith. At a press conference the Zambian leader also sharply criticised the United States and United Kingdom for their response to Rhodesia's recent air attacks on black nationalist camps inside Zambia. While criticising the West, he ruled out retaliation. he said that if Zambia took action against Rhodesia, it would be "suicidal".