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    In Nairobi, kenya, a black United States Congressman, Mr. Charles Diggs, said on Thursday (18?

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    GV United States Information Service Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

    CU U.S. Congressman Charles Diggs and onlooker (2 shots)

    CU Diggs speaking (4 shots)

    DIGGS: "The South African government is well aware of the fact that I am a member of the party of the new President, that I have been the principal spokesman on African problems, both in and outside of the Congress, identified with the party of the President. They would expect me to have broader influences with respect to the new policy of the United States government toward Africa. They are probably aware of the fact that I was the principal instrument in the development of the Democratic Party plank on Africa at the national convention in New York and then I think also that this is a result of the development of other events, particularly the negotiations with respect to Zimbabwe's majority rule and independence, in which the South Africans played a part along at the instigation of the Secretary of State Kissinger. I am sure that there was an intervention on his part with the South Africans, as a further extension of the dialogue that took place in that exercise. In addition to that I am sure that part of the motivation was the parallel development of events with respect to the majority rule and independence of Namibia.

    Tightening of sanctions on Rhodesia would be another way in which we might help bring down that regime, and in addition to that and most importantly to use more persuasive methods with South Africa, because South Africa could turn the water off in Rhodesia any time they want to."

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    Background: In Nairobi, kenya, a black United States Congressman, Mr. Charles Diggs, said on Thursday (18 November) that a tightening of sanctions on Rhodesia might be a way of helping to bring down the present white Rhodesian government. Mr. Diggs was speaking before a planned trip to Zambia for talks with President Kenneth Kaunda.

    SYNOPSIS: He also explained to newsmen why he thought he has recently been granted a South African visa, after repeatedly being denied entry.

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