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    As tension grow in East African on Monday (18 September) world attention was focused on the major capitals of the region from where diplomatic initiatives might be expected.

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    SCU ZOOM IN TO CU Church foundation stone

    SV & MV Kenyatta into car, flags (4 shots)

    MV & GV PAN Kenyatta waiving from car (2 shots)

    GVs & GV PAN Nairobi street scenes (5 shots)

    MV Asian women & child listen to radio (2 shots)

    GV Dares salaam street scenes (5 shots)

    GVs Dares Salaam harbour (2 shots)

    GV & MB ZOOM OUT Dares Salaam buildings (2 shots)

    President Kenyatta at foundation stone ceremony; Dares Salaam street and harbour scenes; Nairobi street scenes; Asian woman listens to cows on radio.

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    Background: As tension grow in East African on Monday (18 September) world attention was focused on the major capitals of the region from where diplomatic initiatives might be expected.

    In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Asian citizens listened anxiously to radio reports of developments in the crisis. Many Asian citizens in Kenya have relatives in Uganda who are under orders to leave by early November.

    Although President Kenyatta is being looked to as a possible mediator in the dispute between Tenzanis and Kenya, he has continued to go normally about his business. It is reported however that he is being kept fully informed and received reports of developments during a foundation stone ceremony in Nairobi on Sunday.

    Dares Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, lies about 700 miles (1150 kms) from the frontier with Uganda where, it is reported, Tanzanian troops are massing.

    In Dares Salaam, citizens went normally about their business on Sunday (17 September) amid heated exchanges between their government and Uganda's over an alleged incursion into Uganda by Tanzanian troops. Ministers met behind closed doors, but there was little activity in the streets.

    SYNOPSIS: The laying of the foundation stone for a new Presbyterian Church in Nairobi on Sunday, was a routine and peaceful affair for Kenya's president Jomo Kenyatta. But the current military-political crisis in East Africa may shortly draw him once again into becoming a mediator to help defuse the situation along the Uganda-Tanzania border. Diplomatically, President Kenyatta has so far refrained from commenting on the crisis - but it is known that he is being kept well-informed ....In fact, fresh news of developments was brought to him during this ceremony. As East Africa's elder Statesman, he seems the natural choice to mediate in the dispute which threatens the whole region.

    The centre of the Kenyan capital also seems unruffled by the news from Uganda. But it is here, behind closed doors and out of the sight of most of the citizens, that diplomatic activity is almost certainly going on. Nairobi has, in many ways, become the "capital" of East Africa, and a source of diplomatic initiatives in cases of regional tension. Nairobi, with its population of nearly four hundred thousand, is the head-quarters of numerous regional organisations. Many of them have Tanzania or Uganda as members.

    Nairobi's Asian community also watches Ugandan developments with particular interest. The latest news has raised fresh anxiety about relatives in Uganda.

    For a city at the centre of the crisis, the Tanzanian capital, Dares Salaam was remarkably calm on Sunday. Uganda has alleged that Tanzanian troops marched across the border and attacked a Ugandan Army post. But Dares Salaam lies some seven hundred miles from the border -- and the Tanzanian government issued a strong denial.

    Dares Salaam is Tanzania's major seaport -- a vital export point for much of East Africa's produce. But an outbreak of fighting between Tanzania and Uganda - already said to have started on Monday would have little initial effect on the city. Reports of Ugandan bomb strikes were more than six hundred miles away.

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