General Idi Amin, President of Uganda on Tuesday (August 7) denied that he had treated the expelled Ugandan Asians callously.
CU Amin speaking (silent)
MV Reporter and Amin speaking
GENERAL AMIN: "You know that I am the only black leader who is very tough and very strong in the world today. You should know this. And I am sure if I was there I could have been the highlight of the conference and only my speech without my presence in Ottawa it has changed the climate of Ottawa completely, my speech. And you will find that since my speech I had given to them, now three days, everything is only General Amin and nothing else at all. Because my speech was very effective but what it say... because I think Mr. Heath found that my statements my speech was very strong which can actually degrade his own standard and the standard of Great Britain that's why he say my speech is unacceptable. But my speech is acceptable because the explanation which I put there about the transferring of the economy to the citizen it is there according to the international law it is a help to any citizen all over the world to control their economy.
MANGOLD: "What's your reaction to his allegation that the Asians who were expelled were treated in a callous way by you?
GENERAL AMIN: "They were not treated in a callous way. First of all I will show you an example. Two weeks ago an Asian, a girl got married to a captain in the Air Force. Is that callous? She is completely white like you. And she got married to a black captain in the air force. The Asians who left Uganda they left here very happily and even they praised me. They thanked me for allowing them to go back to their country of origin in Britain."
MANGOLD: "Can you put on record now what your attitude is to compensation and when you think it will be made if it's going to be made?"
GENERAL AMIN: "If the British wants me to pay the compensations I will tell them when we shall start discussing with the British Governments. Because the decision was taken here by me in Uganda and it was the top man of the country who made this decision who declared the economical war and therefore if Mr. Heath wants to discuss with me he is well invited, he will be well received in the black African traditional...he will get the warmest reception."
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Background: General Idi Amin, President of Uganda on Tuesday (August 7) denied that he had treated the expelled Ugandan Asians callously. He said he was willing to pay the Asians compensation for the property lost-but the British Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath would have to come to Uganda for the compensation talks.
President Amin was being interviewed by British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Tom Mangold two days before the first anniversary of the General's announcement he was going to expel 40,000 Ugandan Asians. During the interview President Amin said he had invited Queen Elizabeth and Edward Heath to Uganda.
He dismissed British allegations that he was a racialist. The Ugandan leader said he opposed racialism practiced by the Britons in Rhodesia.
The Ugandan leader added that relations with Britain could not improve if Mr. Heath continued to campaign for Uganda's expulsion from the Commonwealth and tried to get other countries such as the United States to stop aid to Uganda.