ACTION on RHODESIA
by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 14, 1979
The mailing reports on efforts in Congress to rapidly lift economic sanctions against the newly proclaimed entity of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Ian Smith. The Senate has voted 89 to 7 to approve a defense authorization bill with an amendment ending these sanctions. The bill is now at the House of Representatives for conference discussion, and the White House states that President Carter 'most probably' will veto any bill ending sanctions. North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, who is leading the forces to end sanctions, has invited Bishop Muzorewa to visit the U.S., and he is due in early July. People are urged to wire, phone or write their Congressional representatives and President Carter. The mailing also reports on a vote of 75 to 19 in the Senate on 15 May saying that the April elections in Rhodesia were free and that sanctions should be lifted. The mailing reports that, shortly after the Tory government took over in Britain early in May, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance confer with his counterpart, Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington. There is little talk of the so-called Anglo-American plan for an all-parties conference, a deliberate distancing by the West from the Patriotic Front, led by Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, which is fighting for Zimbabwean independence. The British government has installed a representative in Salisbury, and the U.S. government is setting up an office in the British mission. The mailing says the Commonwealth Conference will meet in August in Lusaka, Zambia and both the Queen and Prime Minister Thatcher are to attend. The mailing also discusses Tip O'Neil, David Mukome, conservative organizations, Freedom House, Professor Claire Palley of the University of Kent, the Rhodesian military and police, the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group, Liberal peer Lord Chitnis, Eileen Sudworth of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, the National Bar Association, the Turnhalle Conference, Ian Smith, and Peter Walls.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root