INTRODUCTION: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has recalled the army commander of Shaba Province who has been fighting an invasion force said to be from Angola, according to the Zaire news agency, Azap.
GV AND SV Airport terminal building, Kinshasa, Zaire and aircraft taxing in on tarmac. (2 shots)
MV Zaire's Foreign Affairs Minister Nguzoa Karl-I-Bond (second from left of picture) in reception party on airport tarmac.
SVs Nigerian Foreign Affairs Commissioner Joseph Garba down aircraft steps and greeted by Bond and others.
Zaire has claimed that an invasion force of ex-Katangan gendarmes has invaded the Shaba Province -- formerly Katanga -- from Angola. It said the force was Cuban-led and equipped with Soviet arms. Both Angola and Cuba have denied the charges. Angola has described the fighting in Shaba as an internal insurrection.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has recalled the army commander of Shaba Province who has been fighting an invasion force said to be from Angola, according to the Zaire news agency, Azap. The officer concerned said that fighting was going on 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Kolwezi, the important copper mining centre in Shaba. Nigeria is reported to have agreed to act as a mediator between Zaire and Angola. Nigerian Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joseph Garba, arrived in Zaire on Thursday (31 March).
SYNOPSIS: He flew to Kinshasa and was met by Zaire's Foreign Minister, Nguzoa Karl-I-Bond, who was the centre of recent speculation about President Mobutu's position.
President Mobutu has denied a report in Le Monde, the influential French newspaper, that the planned to resign and go into exile, handing over the his Foreign Minister. The Nigerian envoy met President Mobutu the same day. Mr. Garba's Mission will also take him to Luanda, capital of Angola.