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    Leaders of Angola's three liberation movements left Kenya for home on Sunday (22 June) after agreeing to stop fighting each other and work together for unity.

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    Leaders of Angola's three liberation movements left Kenya for home on Sunday (22 June) after agreeing to stop fighting each other and work together for unity.

    The agreement was reached on Saturday (21 June) at Nakuru, Kenya, and included pledges to free all prisoners and guarantee to each other the right to free political activity anywhere in the country.

    They also agreed to disarm the civilian population and form a national army with a maximum of 30,000 men, close individual training camps, eliminate distinctive uniforms and insignia, and set a date in October for elections to be held before Angola becomes Independent from Portugal on II November.

    The three leaders involved were Agostinho Neto, of the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Holden Roberto, of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA), and Dr. Jonas Savimbi, of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

    They said in a communique that if difficulties arose, another summit would be held in Angola.

    The communique said the leaders had agreed to set up a commission for refugees which would contact about their return. Most of these refugees are in Zaire and are mainly supporters of the FNLA, which claims they number 1.5 million. This figure is disputed by the other movements.

    On the economic problems facing the country, the three leaders said the transitional government must act with "urgency and firmness" to speed up the clearing of Luanda and lobito harbours, to deal with businessmen who were sabotaging the economic development of the country, and to "Impede" strikes and salary demands which were endangering economic stability.

    The communique was issued after six days of negotiations at the Rift Valley residence of Kenya's President Kenyatta, the man who arranged the summit in an effort to restore peace and unity in Angola before independence from Portugal later this year.

    Recent fighting between the rival liberation movements in Angola left at least a thousand people dead.

    President Kenyatta said the Angolan leaders had "proved wrong the prophets of doom". He called on them to put into practice "the spirit of Nakuru".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6K6C4CKNB3T7Y0B0QTCOL96LI
    Media URN:
    VLVA6K6C4CKNB3T7Y0B0QTCOL96LI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
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