• Short Summary

    The Angolan guerrilla group, UNITA, say it will not allow the vital Benguela Railway to re-open -- unless there is a change in the country's political balance.

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    The Angolan guerrilla group, UNITA, say it will not allow the vital Benguela Railway to re-open -- unless there is a change in the country's political balance. A senior member of UNITA, Mr. Jeremias Chitunda, said in London on Thursday (18 January) that his organisation controls nearly all the territory through which the railway runs.

    SYNOPSIS: At a news conference, Mr. Chitunda maintained that the railway could be a powerful tool if it fell in into the hands of the Soviet Union or cuba. Although a ceremony was held in November to mark the re-opening of the line, no trains have run since then. Before it closed, the Benguela carried most of Zaire's copper output to the coast as well as a large proportion of Zambia's exports. Visnews reporter John Darby asked Mr. Chitunda in an interview just how much power the UNITA guerrillas hold in Angola.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4KDBVU8JG8KK80KUEHG71E87I
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KDBVU8JG8KK80KUEHG71E87I
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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