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Southern Africa

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in line with his provision of missiles and other military equipment to Zambia, he will look with favour on requests from other Commonwealth States in Africa for similar assistance; and, in particular, if it is his policy that the war between Tanzania and Uganda justifies the supply of British arms to the former, or to the latter country.

The special help provided to Zambia was given in the circumstances described in my right hon. Friend's statement of 2nd November.A number of Commonwealth States in Africa purchase defence equipment from suppliers in the United Kingdom; and the Government also provide some assistance in training.The British Government provide no military or other assistance to Uganda whose attack on Tanzania we have condemned. Tanzania has our full support.