The three-way summit meeting of rival Angolan liberation movement leaders in Kenya hung in the balance yesterday (15 June) following the non-appearance of Dr.
The three-way summit meeting of rival Angolan liberation movement leaders in Kenya hung in the balance yesterday (15 June) following the non-appearance of Dr. Agostinho Neto, leader of the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
While leaders of the other two factions -- the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) -- waited in the Kenyan town of Nakuru, the summit meeting was postponed for 24 hours.
Dr. Neto finally arrived late yesterday evening, saying that he had been delayed by last minute consultations in Luanda,and that he now brought with him proposals for ending the fighting which has caused more than 1,000 deaths.
The delayed summit finally opened today, chaired by Kenya's President Kenyatta, who appealed to the three rival movements to call an immediate ceasefire to halt bloodshed.
SYNOPSIS: At the Kenyan resort of Nakuru, Sunday's summit meeting of the three rival Angolan liberation organisation hung in the balance when leaders of one of the groups failed to turn up as scheduled. So the talks -- aimed at preventing factional fighting which has already caused a thousand deaths --were postponed for twenty-four hours.
Members of the two liberation movements that had arrived in Nakuru filled in their time with sight-seeing trips. But later on Sunday the missing leader, Dr. Agostinho Neto of the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, did finally arrive, saying held been delayed by last minute talks in Luanda to consider proposals to end the fighting. The summit finally got underway on Monday morning, when Kenya's President Kenyatta appealed to the three sides to call an immediate ceasefire to halt the bloodshed.