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    The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, had his final round of talks?

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    GV EXTERIOR State House

    MV Kenyatta greets Kissinger and they enter house (2 shots)

    MV Kenyatta chanting with crowd

    MV Kenyatta and Kissinger with dancing tribesmen

    MV Kenyatta and Kissinger with dancing women

    MV Kenyatta farewells Kissinger who leaves in car

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    Background: The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, had his final round of talks on Rhodesia with African leaders on Thursday (23 September) when he discussed the settlement plan with Kenyan President, Jomo Kenyatta. The talks in Kenya came the day before white-ruled Rhodesia accepted the proposals for black majority rule within two years.

    SYNOPSIS: The talks, which resulted in an endorsement of the peace-package presented to the white Rhodesians, were held at President Kenyatta's State House residence north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The session marked the end of Dr. Kissinger's 11-day mission to Africa in efforts to find a solution. The plan presented to Rhodesia had already been endorsed by black African leaders in Zaire, Zambia and Tanzania.

    No details were released of the discussions with the Kenyan leader, but later Dr. Kissinger said there was no African leader to whom America felt closer than President Kenyatta.

    At the end of the talks, Dr. Kissinger watched some tribal dancing with President Kenyatta and later said he was very satisfied with the talks. As well as briefing the Kenyan President on the Rhodesian negotiations, Dr. Kissinger sent emissaries to report formally to Nigeria, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and the Organisation of African Unity.

    The series of visits throughout Africa were the last of five major rounds of talks on Rhodesia over the past two years. Three U.S. and two British missions had gone to Africa in efforts to finalise a solution to the Rhodesian problems.

    Dr. Kissinger later said the U.S. strongly supported the independence, security and progress of Kenya. Reuters said this was taken as a reference to Kenya's tense relations with Uganda since the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport to rescue hijacked airliner hostages. Uganda had accused Kenya of being involved. The war of words between the two East African states ended in August with a peace agreement.

    Before departing for London, Dr. Kissinger said he was very satisfied with his discussions with the Kenyan leader. He said they also spoke on bilateral relations, which were excellent. The U.S. Secretary of State left Kenya saying he had warm feelings and a sense of hope. Within hours of leaving London for home in the U.S., Dr. Kissinger's proposals to Rhodesian leader Ian Smith had been accepted publicly. The success of the negotiations is to be followed by a meeting of the present Rhodesian government with African leaders to organise an interim government which will function until majority rule in two years time. In London, Dr. Kissinger said the settlement deal represented a consensus of U.S. and British opinion, taking into account the essential requirements of independent Africa.

    One of the main African nationalist groups in Rhodesia, Joshua Nkomo's wing of the African National Council has given a qualified acceptance to the settlement plan.

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