The Ethiopian leader, Colonel Haile Mengistu Mariam, arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on December 13 to begin a three-day official visit, his first to Zambia.
1. GV Ethiopian leader, Colonel Haile Mengistu Mariam, descending aircraft steps at Lusaka Kaunda. Other officials presented to Mengistu 0.27
2. GV Welcome posters on airport buildings 0.29
3. SV Mengistu greeting other dignitaries (2 shots) 0.42
4. GV Welcoming sign for Mengistu 0.44
5. GV Mengistu walking down red carpet and shaking hands with Zambian officials (3 shots) 1.05
6. GV Two leaders watching display of tribal dancing (3 shots) 1.28
7. GV Mengistu and Kaunda shaking hands with military chiefs 1.36
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Background: LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
The Ethiopian leader, Colonel Haile Mengistu Mariam, arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on December 13 to begin a three-day official visit, his first to Zambia. Heading a welcoming group at the was President Kenneth Kaunda. A key issue in the two leaders' talks was to be the worries of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), whose last two proposed summit meetings in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, were aborted. The second summit collapsed because of dispute over rival delegations claiming to represent Chad. Observers considered Colonel Mengistu and President Kaunda would seek to devise ways to persuade a quorum of OAU members to get together for a belated summit in the Ethiopian capital, Adis Ababa. President Kaunda said last month (November) he feared this year's upset could split the OAU into two separate factions, each claiming to be continents's legitimate representative. Like all Third World countries, Zambia and Ethiopia are hurting from the world-wide recession, another crucial topic for their talks.
Source: REUTERS - LAWRENCE THOMPSON