Angola has accused South Africa of massing at least twenty-two thousand troops on the Angolan-Namibian border in preparation for further attacks against Angolan cities, villages and hamlets.
SV Angolan ambassador to United Nations, Senor de Figueiredo, speaking in English
SV Reporters listening as Figueieredo continues speaking
SV Figuieredo listens answers in English
de FIGUEIREDO: "The racist forces of South Africa at the Service of, and in collusion with imperialism and colonialism, have planned, and are in process of executing, another large-scale attack against the People's Republic of Angola. These acts of aggression committed by a racist Pretoria regime against the Angolan territory, as well as violations of airspace and military reconnaissance flights, and preparations for the planned attack, must be condemned by the international community. And all of you must know of this. The cities, villages, hamlets, and people of southern region of Angola are in danger of imminent attack by the South African military machine."
REPORTER: "(Indistinct)....Cubans to help you....?"
de FIGUEIREDO: "I tend to think that we would indeed, in case we could not...in case we cannot defend a massive attack on the part of South Africa against Angola, we would be calling on our friends certainly to help us, including the Cubans themselves."
REPORTER: "Do they appear to be the regular South African troops in Namibia, or new ones?"
de FIGUEIREDO: "We have a figure of twenty-two thousands, you know, massing along the borders...South African troops. Whether these are new ones that have come directly from South Africa, I could not confirm this at this state."
REPORTER: "...South African troops in Namibia new?"
de FIGUEIREDO: "My, if you are asking for my personal estimations, or the figures that we have, out of thirty-five to fifty thousand troops in Namibia at the presenting time."
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Background: Angola has accused South Africa of massing at least twenty-two thousand troops on the Angolan-Namibian border in preparation for further attacks against Angolan cities, villages and hamlets. Angolan's ambassador to the United Nations, Senor Elisio de Figueiredo, made the charges at a news conference at the U.N. on Saturday (11 November). He said Cuban troops would help Angola to repulse any attacks.