President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has condemned the recent South African raid into Lesotho in which 42 people died.
1. SV President Kenneth Kaunda speaking at 17th National Council of United Independence National Party, Lusaka. (SOT) (2 SHOTS) 2.10
TRANSCRIPT: KAUNDA: (SEQ 1) "We totally reject the linkage between the Cuban troops in Angola and the independence of Namibia. It is an irrefutable fact that there is no linkage between the two issues. It is a fact that Cuban troops are in Angola legally, and at the invitation of the government of the People's Republic of Angola. On the other hand we know that the South African regime is in South Africa illegally and in defiance of the United Nations and world opinion. Comrades, we salute the brave people of Namibia and the SWAPO for their determination to continue the fight until victory is won. In an effort to resist the change, the South African regime is on the warpath against all the Frontline states, very much like Israel is doing against the Arab countries in the Middle East. Only on December 9, 1982, South African troops entered the kingdom of Lesotho and they killed in the course of that, they killed more than 40 Lesotho nationals and South African refugees. Comrades, we reiterate our condemnation of this barbaric and cowardly act."
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Background: LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has condemned the recent South African raid into Lesotho in which 42 people died. Speaking at the 17th national council of his ruling United Independence National Party in Lusaka, Mr. Kaunda said the stumbling block to peace in Namibia was South Africa. He added that the linkage issue of Cuban troops in Angola was a red herring and demanded that South African troops from Namibia.
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