Confidential memorandum to members of the Destabilization Task Force of the Southern Africa Working Group about a new organization named Resistance lnternationale. The memo is accompanied by documents, in French, from this group’s conference held in Paris in May 1983, including DECLARATlON DE PRINCIPE. The memo states that Africa Now magazine reported that this new organization has given support to the Mozambique Nationa1 Resistance (MNR), the guerilla movement backed by the South African government. The memo identifies two southern Africans who attended the conference: Artur Vilankulu, self-described Minister of Political and External Relations of the MNR "government-in-exile'' who lives in New York City, and Jose Furtado of an "Angolan resistance movement." Attendees from the U.S. included Midge Dector, Norman Podhoretz, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Bayard Rustin, Sidney Hook, Albert Shanker, Robert Conquest, Bruno Bettleheim, and Edward Lozanski. Many of these people are from the neo- conservative, Social Democrats-USA (SD-USA) faction of the right wing, and many are connected with the Committee for a Free World. The memo calls particular attention to Shanker's participation, which could suggest possible future labor ties to UNITA and MNR. (SD-USA's ties to UNITA are longstanding.) The memorandum also mentions Artur Xavier Lambo Vilanculos, Comite Des Intellectuels Cubains En Exil (USA), Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Cuba, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam. Yugoslavia, the European Liaison Group, Stitching Comiiite Vladimir Boukovski, Hollande, Afghanistan, Said Borhannodin, Huber Matos, Marta Fraydem Armando Valladares, Nicaragua, Eden Pastora, Edgar Chamorrro, Alfonse Robelo, Eddit Mature, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Laos, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, Edouard Kouznetsov, Vo Van Ai, Wang Bing Zhang, Petro Grigorenko, and Jacek Kacznarski.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root