U.S. Planes, Equipment For African Peacekeeping
Feb. 03, 1995
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) _ The U.S. military will donate 10 transport planes and other equipment to help African armies boost their regional peacekeeping capability, U.S. and Zimbabwe officials said Friday.
But Zimbabwe, set to send 1,000 troops to help oversee a peace pact in Angola, said it wasn't sure it can afford to maintain the planes it's been offered.
U.S. embassy spokeswoman Maura Keniston said the military was donating equipment it no longer needed. Included are a total of 10 C130s being made available to African governments.
Zimbabwe is being offered at least two C130 Hercules transport planes.
``We appreciate that the planes are free ... but we want to assess if we can manage to maintain them,'' the commander of the Zimbabwe defense force, Gen. Vitalis Zvinavashe, told reporters.