Ugandan President Idi Amin and United States Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. both held news conferences?
GV President Amin in swimming pool chatting to newsmen and swimming.
CU Newsmen at pool side.
SV President Amin holding news conference in pool. (sound marred).
GV Hilton Hotel.
SV INT. Newsmen at Charles Diggs' conference.
LV Diggs speaking about Russian intervention.
CONGRESSMAN DIGGS: "That is those who have aspired self determination for all people, but has allowed the Soviet Union to become identified as the principal supporter of African Liberation.
Ugandan President Idi Amin held one of his most unusual news conferences at his Addis Ababa hotel on Sunday.
The colourful President has been relaxing from the rigors of chairing the OAU's summit meeting on the Angolan crisis, by swimming in the pool. But on Sunday, he even had to break his relaxation to answer questions from visiting newsmen.
President Amin is trying to steer the summit towards an acceptable solution to Angola's problems. One thing he did make clear again was his opposition to foreign intervention in the war-torn country.
President Amin handled both the news conference and his daily exercise with so little effort that he still had enough energy to race a Swedish journalist up and down the pool and beat him.
That prompted the President to say, "That's why I'm the swimming champion...that's why I am the Chairman."
In the Hilton Hotel, U.S. Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. was finding his news conference a little tougher. As the only American representative at the summit, Mr. Diggs had to handle all questions about his country's intervention in Angola...
As an American I would deplore Soviet intervention, I suggest that these things cease immediately: all military relative assistance, direct or indirect, to parties fighting in Angola and a withdrawal of the request for additional military relative material which is now coming before the U.S. House of Representatives."
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: This film is serviced with parts of both President Amin's conference and Congressman Diggs' conference. Unfortunately the Amin conference has sound interference. We apologies for any inconvenience. A transcript of Congressman Diggs' statement follows:-)
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Background: Ugandan President Idi Amin and United States Congressman Charles Diggs Jnr. both held news conferences in Addis Ababa on Sunday (11 January).
Both men are in Ethiopia for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting on the Angolan crisis. President Amin is the current OAU Chairman, and Mr. Diggs is the only American representative at the summit.
The two news conferences varied greatly in style and content. President Amin held his poolside, during his morning dip. The colourful Ugandan leader swopped questions and answers with newsmen as he paused from racing a Swedish journalist up and down his hotel pool.
President Amin is trying to steer the summit into an acceptable solution to Angola's problems. One thing he did make clear again was his desire to have all foreign elements out of the war-torn country.
Despite the impromptu conference, Mr. Amin still managed to win his swimming races...and he summed it all up with the quote, "That's why I am swimming champion...and that's why I am Chairman."
Congressman Diggs found the going a little harder when he met newsmen in the more restrictive atmosphere of the Hilton Hotel conference room.
He had to defend the U.S. involvement in Angola, and remained newsmen that America's legislative bodies...not it's "executives"...would determine the country's policies.
Congressman Diggs described American intrusion into Angola as the biggest blunder in the history of his country's relations with Africa.