INTRODUCTION: In Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda has said he will support any genuine move for a peaceful settlement in Namibia (South-West Africa), but reserves the right to continue backing the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) in its struggle for independence should no peaceful solution be found.
GV Judges walking up steps of Parliament ZOOM IN TO Ministers arriving as large crowds cheer and drums play
SV President Kenneth Kaunda's car arrives at Parliament, he leaves car and is greeted by army officers
GV Kaunda walking up red carpet to Parliament
GV Parliament building
SV & GV Kaunda speaking in English to Parliament
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 5: KAUNDA: "We have yet see peace along the border of Namibia. We remain undaunted in our pursuit of this goal, and we shall continue to support SWAPO and the efforts of the United Nations. We are certain, as we were in the case of the struggle in Zimbabwe, that victory was on struggle. We support any genuine move for a peaceful solution in Namibia. We shall accept the results of a genuine and fair election. We pledge ourselves to this policy, but we reserve the right to continue to support SWAPO in its armed struggle if a peaceful solution should continue to be elusive."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda has said he will support any genuine move for a peaceful settlement in Namibia (South-West Africa), but reserves the right to continue backing the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) in its struggle for independence should no peaceful solution be found. The President, who was speaking at the opening of the new session of Parliament on Friday (16 January), urged western powers to exert more pressure on South Africa to accept the United Nations plan for the independence of Namibia.
SYNOPSIS: The Zambian ministers gathered together for the new session of Parliament, in atmosphere of economic gloom. Stern budgetary measures will have to be introduced to rescue the country's faltering economy.
President Kaunda, who arrived to open the new session, warned members that the country would have to diversify from the copper and cobalt mining industries which dominated the economy, in view of the depressed market. But he devoted the main part of his speech to foreign policy, and in particular Namibia. Zambia has played a direct role in arranging the peace talks on Namibia. But President Kaunda warned that his government would aid SWAPO in its armed struggle if a just solution was not achieved.