Nyerere, Julius K.
April 1966
Foreign Affairs;Apr1966, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p373
The article focuses on African states' concerns about the position of Southern Rhodesia. Before November 11, 1965, African states, individually and collectively, had frequently expressed their great concern about the position of Southern Rhodesia. But it was only with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence this concern was transformed into impatient wrath. The catalyst of this changed attitude was the rebellion against the British sovereignty. It is a fact that Africa prefers to use constitutional, legal and peaceful methods in the campaigns for national freedom, but if these fail then other methods are accepted. With respect to Southern Rhodesia, Africa's objection is to this particular assumption of authority, not to illegality in general. The hostility aroused by the declaration of independence is based on rational interpretations of its purpose and its effects in relation to the total legitimate goals of Africa. It represents an advance by the forces of racialism, fascism and, indeed, colonialism in Southern Africa.


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