• Short Summary

    Zaire-and according to diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters news agency five western powers will urge President Mobutu Sese Seko to make peace with local tribesmen in the war-torn Shaba province in return for badly-needed western economic aid.

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    CU and GV French Foreign Legionnaires in convoy along road towards Lumumbashi airport.
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    SV US Troops and Legionnaires socialising on side of runway.
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    3.
    GV and SV troops boarding transport plane (3 shots)
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    SV Troops seated on grass as transport plane taxis in background
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    GV Aircraft takes off
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    The diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters say that the western envoys would present President Mobutu with three areas for reform as follows:


    1).
    Reconciliation between the northern-dominated Kinshasa government and the Lunda tribesmen in southern Shaba province from whom the rebels were drawn.


    2).
    Relaxation of the mounting tensions between Zaire and neighbouring Marxist Angola, which President Mobutu accuses of sponsoring the rebel invasion along with the Soviet Union and Cuba.


    3).
    Reconciliation between President Mobutu and clandestine opposition movements both inside and outside Zaire.



    The western ideas were drawn up two weeks ago when the five nations involved met in Paris to discuss support measures for Zaire. According to Reuters western diplomats fear the initiative, which was originally supposed to have been kept secret, might draw an angry response from President Mobutu. The Zairean leader has said publicly that he will not accept any preconditions for Western aid to his economically weak and politically uncertain country.




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    Background: Zaire-and according to diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters news agency five western powers will urge President Mobutu Sese Seko to make peace with local tribesmen in the war-torn Shaba province in return for badly-needed western economic aid. The sources say that envoys from the United States, France, West Germany, Belgium and Britain will also press him to consider a programme of wide-ranging domestic reforms and to seek better relations with neighbouring Angola. This initiative is part of western efforts to support President Mobutu's government following last month's rebel insurgency in Shaba, which was crushed by Belgian and French Foreign Legion paratroopers.

    SYNOPSIS: By now the last of the French legionnaires have left Shaba province and the shattered town of Kolwezi-focal point of the insurrection-is in the hands of the Zairean army. Support was supposed to come form a large contingent of Moroccan and other African troops-but as the French moved out last week there was no sign of them in Kolwezi. According to Reuters the Moroccans, officially said to number 1,500, appeared to be still gathering equipment at Lumumbashi airport prior to deployment.

    A convoy of 24 lorries and jeeps carried the 180 remaining legionnaires through the dense bush between Kolwezi and Lumumbashi airport. From there they were airlifted back to their bases in Corsica.

    For the legionnaires and many of the incoming troops there was little to do except exchange gossip while waiting at the airport. But for others there was the task of unloading an impressive array of French and American military equipment that has been assembled for the Moroccan forces.

    Before their departure French officers accused Zairian troops of looting European homes in Kolwezi after the rebel occupation. And although Lumumbashi now resembles a garrison town with troops from many nations on the streets, Reuters say that increasing numbers of Europeans are leaving. The 500-strong French community is said to be particularly nervous, fearing reprisals for the legionnaires' operation. Europeans say they fear the Zairean army and the local Lunda tribes people as much as the rebels.

    Asked why they had left Kolwezi before the Moroccans arrived a French officer said "It is a political decision." And one legionnaire commented "It's good to get out of Kolwezi-the town is finished.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2H0G0N57EQQO12TYNOG341GHF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2H0G0N57EQQO12TYNOG341GHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1978
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
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