Rebel leaders from Afghanistan attending the Islamic Foreign Ministers' Conference in Pakistan have claimed significant progress against the occupying Soviet forces.
LV & CU Five rebel leaders seated at press conference. (2 SHOTS)
CU English-speaking interpreter translating.
SV Spokesman consults with leaders and continues in English.
SV Rebel leader speaking and translated into English.
SPOKESMAN: "Now we can say that 80 percent of the land is in the hands of the Mujahideen and it is liberated. The Russians are only concentrated in the capital city. And even in the capital city they cannot get out of their tanks and armour.
"Now regarding the demoralisation of the Russian forces; we can say that this is true, that a Russian soldier has sold his weapons just by one packet of candy or cigarettes. And also we have seen that those occupied territories, that are under the occupation of the Russians, the soldiers that are belonging to those occupied territories they have spread some literature against the central power of Moscow.
"Our only negotiation is the Jihar (holywar). This Russian force should go out that's the thing, that's the negotiation. There will be no negotiations through committee."
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Background: Rebel leaders from Afghanistan attending the Islamic Foreign Ministers' Conference in Pakistan have claimed significant progress against the occupying Soviet forces. They maintained at a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday (21 May) that 80 percent of the territory in Afghanistan was now in their hands. And they said the morale of Soviet troops was low.
SYNOPSIS: Eight rebel leaders were admitted as delegates to the conference, although the government of Babrak Kamal was excluded. A spokesman told reporters about the victories of the 'Mujahideen', or freedom fighters.