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    The special summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on Angola ended without agreement on Tuesday (13 January, 1976) after twenty seven hours of debate and many impassioned speeches.

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    The special summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on Angola ended without agreement on Tuesday (13 January, 1976) after twenty seven hours of debate and many impassioned speeches.

    The organisation was split down the middle on how to deal ??? the civil war in the former Portuguese colony. Twenty-two ???ers wanted recognition of the Popular Movement for the ???iberation of Angola (MPLA) and an equal number sought a ceasefire, a Government of national unity and an end to all foreign intervention.

    The two remaining members, Uganda and Ethiopia refused to commit themselves, thus denying either side a majority.

    A brief non-committal communique was issued by the official spokesman, Peter Onu, as delegates left the conference hall. It said the OAU would continue to follow the Angolan problem closely.

    The wording of the communique indicated that none of the compromises put forward by different nations during the final session had gained general support.

    One of the compromises included a condemnation of South Africa and the establishment of a committee to study the problem further, a conference source said.

    Addis Ababa Radio, monitored in London, said the conference had failed. It quoted Field Marshal Amin, the Ugandan President and Chairman of the OAU, as saying the Angolan situation would be followed closely by the executive committee set up in Kampala last July.

    At a news conference during the summit meeting, two Portuguese mercenaries and three South African soldiers were shown to journalists.

    The mercenaries were put on show by the MPLA and they said they were captured near Luanda on 7 September, 1976. They identified themselves as Maximin Albaro Fernandez and Francisco Guise Tintin and said they had been fighting for the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA)
    SYNOPSIS: A special summit meeting of the Organisation for African Unity, the OAU, ended without agreement on the Angola crisis on Tuesday. The organisation was split down the middle on how to deal with the Civil War in the former Portuguese colony.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA58UJJ6ROHPY2UZJTP1AB5CEJ6
    Media URN:
    VLVA58UJJ6ROHPY2UZJTP1AB5CEJ6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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