The President of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, told a news conference in Blantyre recently?
GV INT. President Banda seated with newsmen.
SV Sound Recordist and Ministers listening. (2 shots)
SV Banda speaking.
"What is our policy towards Portugal going to be, now that there is a change of Government? The answer to this question is - the same policy that we adopted towards Dr. Salazar's Government and Dr. Caetano's Government; the policy of good neighbourliness. There will be no change in Malawi's policy towards Portugal, and through Portugal, towards Mozambique, because of the change of Government in Lison. This is not the time to change our policy towards Portugal. Joust the contrary. If anything at all, we will now pres forward, full steam ahead, with the policy that we have pursued towards Portugal from the time we became independent in 1964.
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Background: The President of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, told a news conference in Blantyre recently that he thought the change of Government in Portugal was a change for the better.
Dr. Banda pointed out that Malawi and Mozambique were neighbours, and that in fact Malawi was almost surrounded by Mozambique. He said this was because the boundaries between the two countries were artificial, having been drawn up by the British and the Portuguese.
He reminded his audience that he had once said the people of Mozambique were his own people. Though the change of Government was essentially a matter for the portuguese people, he was nevertheless confident that the change would also be good for the Mozambique peoples and for the peoples of that part of Africa.
The President said the new Government, under General Spinola, could not be worse, so far as Mozambique was concerned, than that of Dr. Salazar. In fact, he expected better and greater things for Mozambique. He hopes he was not being too optimistic, but he expected startling developments in the Mozambique situation.