Notes on a discussion with Andrew Young (April 27, 1977)
by George M. Houser
New York, New York, United States
Late April or early May 1977
Contents: The Maputo Conference • The Role of Mondale on Africa • Zimbabwe • Zaire • The Meeting of the Western Ambassadors with Vorster • The Recent Security Council Meeting • George Houser and Jennifer Davis spent about an hour with Andrew Young at the U.S. Mission to the UN. Andy Young is heading a U.S. delegation to the UN conference co-sponsored by the Decolonization Committee and the Council for Namibia; previous administrations have not attended such a conference for over a decade. Because the Carter administration is attempting some initiatives both on Namibia and Zimbabwe, they feel it is important to attend. Vice President Walter Mondale may visit John Vorster in South Africa, but this is being delayed both by the meeting of the five Western ambassadors with Vorster and by the May 11 elections in South Africa. A $100-million Zimbabwe Development Fund is being discussed; Young gave the impression that the Fund would in effect be turned over to a Zimbabwe government when it was in power. Regarding Zaire, we asked wheter this could be a time when the U.S. could extricate itself from too close a relationship with Mobutu. The meeting of five Western ambassadors with Vorster is being handled by the U.S. Mission to the UN. Don McHenry is heading the U.S. delegation. Young said he didn't know what the U.S. would do if it had to vote again on the mandatory arms embargo and cutting off trade. The document mentions Connie Mulder, Ian Smith, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, liberation movements, the Soviet Union, Jay Katzen, Ethiopia, Chinese, and the British.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections