National Security Affairs Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, March 1, 1978:

"We are not imposing linkage (between the African situation and the strategic arms limitation talks (SALT) because we feel that Salt in itself is to benefit to the United States and to the Soviet Union, more or less equal benefits. At the same time, it is only a matter of realistic judgement to conclude that if tensions were to rise because of the unwarranted intrusion of Soviet power into a purely local conflict, then that will inevitably complicate the context not only of the negotiating process itself, but of any ratificatin that would follow the successful conclusion of the negotiations." President Carter, March 2, 1978:

"We do not initiate any government policy that is a linkage between the Soviet involvement in Ethiopia-Somalia dispute on the one hand and Salt or the comprehensive test ban negotiations on the other." Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, May 12, 1978:

" . . . We do not believe that it is in our national interest to make a negotiating linkage between reaching a good SALT agreement . . . and the inevitable competition with the Soviets which will continue to take place in Africa . . ." President Carter, May 25, 1978:

"We believe that Cuba has known of the Katangan plans to invade and obviously did nothing to restrain them from crossing the border. We also know that the Cubans have played a key role in training and equipping the Katangans who attacked." Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko, May 26, 1978:

"There is the total surrender of the West before the aggression of the Ruusians and Cubans. They can do anything at all in Africa. In the West ther are only pious wishes." Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, May 27, 1978:

. . . The information which the President has at his disposal is not correct - that is our assessment . . . We have no intention of grabbing either the whole of Africa or its parts. We don't need it." Dr. Carlos Rafael Rodriquez, vice president of cuba, May 30, 1978:

" . . .I would like to reaffirm that the imputations formulated [May 25] by President Carter against Cuba with reference to the recent events in Shaba are absolutely false, and that the government of the United States has sufficient reasons to know that they are based impudently repeated lies:" Belgian Foreign Minister Henri Simonet, June 1, 1978:

" . . . I've no conclusive proof of the Cuban involvement [in the Shaba invasion]. There is a likelihood that at some stage they helped, but I would be unable to put it in a very clear-cut and well-defined terms which would not be open to question or to contention. I'm deeply convinced that most of the essential elements of the Zairian predicament live in Zaire itself and in some surrounging countries . . ."