• Short Summary

    NGIVA, NAMIBIA (SOUTH WEST AFRICA)

    Fifteen Angolan soldiers, captured during the South African invasion of Angola in 1981, have been exchanged for one South African rifleman, captured by Angolan troops during the same campaign.The exchange took place on May 22, near the southern Angolan border town of Ngiva.It was monitored by a joint military commission from both nations, in the presence of Red Cross officials.The historic event had been delayed by one day, because a plane carrying the South African prisoner failed to arrive on time.Angolan officials said the plane had suffered technical difficulties.A South African Dakota, with two International Red Cross officials on board, and the 15 Angolan prisoners, had to turn back.However, all went according to plan the following day.The second stage of the operation, on May 23, saw the release of another 15 Angolans, and one Cuban soldier, captured by South African troops last December.But no further South African troops were released.The exchange of prisoners follows the signing of a ceasefire accord between Angola and South Africa on February 16.

  • Description

    MAY 22
    1. GVs PAN Helicopters landing and taxiing on runaway. (2 SHOTS) 0.15
    MAY 23
    2. GVs Angolans getting out of helicopter, being welcomed by singing crowd. (3 SHOTS) 0.48
    3. GV Cuban soldier Peuro Torres being greeted by members of Press and South African representatives. (2 SHOTS) 1.16
    4. GVs Torres ignores journalist's question, walks to plane. (2 SHOTS) 1.42
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    Background: NGIVA, NAMIBIA (SOUTH WEST AFRICA)

    Fifteen Angolan soldiers, captured during the South African invasion of Angola in 1981, have been exchanged for one South African rifleman, captured by Angolan troops during the same campaign.The exchange took place on May 22, near the southern Angolan border town of Ngiva.It was monitored by a joint military commission from both nations, in the presence of Red Cross officials.The historic event had been delayed by one day, because a plane carrying the South African prisoner failed to arrive on time.Angolan officials said the plane had suffered technical difficulties.A South African Dakota, with two International Red Cross officials on board, and the 15 Angolan prisoners, had to turn back.However, all went according to plan the following day.The second stage of the operation, on May 23, saw the release of another 15 Angolans, and one Cuban soldier, captured by South African troops last December.But no further South African troops were released.The exchange of prisoners follows the signing of a ceasefire accord between Angola and South Africa on February 16.

    Source: SWABC

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5CZIEL3Z4YRU9SWKXUMY6SY57
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CZIEL3Z4YRU9SWKXUMY6SY57
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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