Helm Moves for Immediate Lifting of Sanctions

by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
November 19, 1979
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says on November 15 the Patriotic Front agreed to the key points of a British transition plan for bringing independence to Zimbabwe that had already been accepted by the Muzorewa-Smith regime. The previous day, President Carter reported to Congress that he had determined that it is in the U.S. national interest to continue sanctions against Rhodesia at this time. Senator Jesse Helms responded by introducing a concurrent resolution rejecting the President's determination. (Congress can in effect veto Carter's decision by concurrent resolution within 30 legislative days.) People are asked to lobby members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee against the concurrent resolution. The mailing discusses the key issue of when the Administration will lift sanctions. E.F. Andrews, a vice president of Allegheny Ludlum Industries who has long taken a lead in lobbying against sanctions and in supporting the internal settlement in Rhodesia, is already asking Administration officials when sanctions will be lifted so he can make campaign contributions. Before the April, 1979 internal settlement elections, Andrews made a deal with South Africa that his company would invest $1 million in South Africa if the South African Department of Information would pay an equal amount to James Chikerema (who was then part of Muzorewa's United African National Council) and to Abel Muzorewa. The mailing says President Carter should be urged to maintain sanctions against Rhodesia until the election has actually taken place.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root