Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda said in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Thursday (2 June) that his army would strike back if his country were attacked by Rhodesian forces.
GV EXTERIOR European Economic Community (EEC) Commission building in Brussels, Belgium
SV Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda out of car and greeted by Roy Jenkins (President of EEC Commission) and two men enter building (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Sign on door "Meeting room for the Commission"
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Mr. Jenkins to President Kaunda and party sitting round table for talks (3 shots)
SV Newsmen at news conference
SV President Kaunda speaking as newsmen listen (7 shots)
LV President Kaunda rises from seat and leaves room
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: KAUNDA: "Because Europe professes to be a leading Christian type of civilisation. There is nothing Christian in Smith's activities. There is nothing Christian in Vorster's activities. There's only savagery in the rule by Smith, in the rule by Vorster. We have shown that in independent Africa there is a chance for no racialism; for men and.....women of all races, of all colour, to live side by side as God who made them would like them to be, to do. It is racists in Rhodesia, it is racists in Namibia, South Africa, who are standing in between non-racialism; a decent society in which only the behaviour of the man counts and not his colour. It's the Western interests that's stopping that from being achieved quickly and decently in Rhodesia, Namibia and South Africa.
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Background: Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda said in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Thursday (2 June) that his army would strike back if his country were attacked by Rhodesian forces. He was speaking at a news conference which marked the end of three days of talks with Belgian and European Economic Community (ECC) leaders.
Rhodesian troops were reported to be returning home on Friday (3 June) after their four-day occupation of an area of Mozambique. Government sources said the same type of operation against black nationalist guerillas might be repeated whatever the outside world thought.
SYNOPSIS: The talks at the ECC Commission's headquarters centred on relations between Zambia and the ECC. President Kaunda's discussions in Brussels were with the Commission's President, Roy Jenkins. A number of African states already have special trade agreements with the ECC under the so-called "Lome Agreement". The Common Market normally imposes import levies on countries outside the community. But the Lome Agreement allows certain countries to have special concessions on their exports to the ECC.
Mr. Jenkins and other members of the European community have been closely following the situation in southern Africa and in particular, Rhodesia. President Kaunda said at Thursday's news conference that Western economic interests were helping to keep the minority governments in power in southern Africa.
President Kaunda then condemned Rhodesia's recent attack into Mozambique. He said that if Mr. Smith had the right of hot pursuit into neighbouring countries then Zambia had the same right.