Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda hailed the Commonwealth Peace Plan for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia in a speech on Sunday (12 August).
SV President Kaunda speaking and crowd listening (3 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: KAUNDA: "We know that if this conference leads to the successful solution of the problem of Zimbabwe then it will have been worth it even if we had spent one hundred million kwacha (120 million US $) preparing for that conference. We have lost hundreds of millions, no over that we have lost hundreds of lives because of the political situation in Southern Africa. And if we can solve it by calling this conference in Lusaka it would have been worth it. I know very well what the enemy is trying to do is this. They are bombing Lusaka, they are bombing Zambia because they want us to react so that we can send our planes to bomb Salisbury. That's what they want us to do. Once we do that the West will come up and say now Zambia is reacting. And we know that South Africa is behind Muzorewa's leadership. We know that. We know that South Africa has been interfering the country since 1910. And we are not a match for them. We are only fifteen years old, hardly fifteen years old. We can't fight South Africa. We can't. The army I have, I'm commanding chief of, the Air Force is a small one fitting five million people. In a big country the enemy is much better equipped. South Africa is there -- France has been helping South Africa for the last ten, twenty years. They have got the Mirage, Minute tanks hundreds of them. They have built the forces which we have not yet built here. We are not cowards, we have never been, never. But it would be stupid of me just to be proud for two minutes to send my boys in the army in the Air Force as they cross bombing Salisbury as they are bombing Zambia."
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Background: Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda hailed the Commonwealth Peace Plan for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia in a speech on Sunday (12 August). In his first speech since the end of the Commonwealth summit in Lusaka last Tuesday (7 August) the Zambian leader said he felt the summit had been worth every effort.