Working Paper on Legislative Strategy on Zimbabwe

by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
January 1979
4 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English
This report was put out after a visit to the United States by Ian Smith. Twenty-seven Senators, led by S.I. Hayakawa, issued an invitation in September 1978 to Ian Smith and the members of his executive council to visit the united states. The report says the situation in Zimbabwe is a case of logical historical progression toward African liberation in the face of white minority intransigence. The settler refusal to accept majority rule in recent history reached its watershed with the 1965 Uni1atera1 Declaration of Independence. The following years of armed struggle are certain to end in victory for the Patriotic Front. History shows that Ian smith and his supporters have always met protests with repression. Until 1977, the United States openly violated United Nations sanctions by importing chrome and nickel and thus gave the regime important foreign exchange. In early 1977, the Carter Administration promised a new approach to Africa, and made what seemed at the time to be a bold move by appointing Andrew Young as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. The United States and Britain have argued that the Anglo-American plan offered a viable way to a negotiated peace. Many observers believe the U.S. position on the Anglo-American team was jeopardized by Ian Smith's visit to this country. The intentions of the sponsors of the Smith visit should not be underestimated. They intend that the lifting of sanction should lead to U.S. military assistance and ultimately to the deployment of U.S. military forces to "save" Rhodesia from the Patriotic Front. We believe that a policy of sanctions enforcement and non-intervention in Rhodesia best serves American interests. Possible Lobbying Strategies. 1. Blocking the lifting of sanctions. 2. Tightening enforcement of sanctions.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root