The liberation struggles in Southern Africa - and in particular, the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique - came under discussion during a meeting of four African Foreign Ministers in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, on Wednesday (8 May).
The liberation struggles in Southern Africa - and in particular, the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique - came under discussion during a meeting of four African Foreign Ministers in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, on Wednesday (8 May). Ministers at the meeting were Mr. John Malecela (Tanzania), Mr. Umbadi Lutete (Zaire), Mr. Vernon Mwasnga (Zambia) and Mr. David Ganae (Peoples' Republic of Congo). Representatives of the liberation movements in Angola and Mozambique were also on hand to provide first-hand advice.
On his arrival, Mr. Mwaanga was non-committal about his Government's view of the new junta in Portugal. He said Zaimbia would not take any particular stand until the junta categorically stated its plans for the African colonies. Mr. Mwaange did say, however, that independent African nations would continue to support the liberation movements until Portugal granted Angola and Mozambique their independence.
The four countries involved in the meeting have also been appointed by the Organisation of African Unity to help reconcile the two liberation movements in Angola - and it's thought results achieved so far were reviewed during the Foreign Ministers' talks. No official statement was issued after Wednesday's meeting.
SYNOPSIS: The Kilimanjaro Hotel, in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, where the Foreign Ministers of Zaire, the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia met on Wednesday to discuss events following the military take-over in Portugal. The Ministers were especially interested in the new junta's attitude to the African colonies Angola and Mozambique.
The meeting was also attended by Lieutenant Colonel Hashim Mbita, of the Organisation of African Unity. No official statement was issued after the meeting, but the mood seemed to be that the four nations would continue to support liberation movements in Angola and Mozambique until Portugal grants the colonies complete independence. The Ministers, however, were reluctant to pronounce on the junta - until it categorically spells out its colonial policy.
In an adjacent room at the hotel, representatives of the liberation groups were waiting - in case their first-hand advice was needed. This led to speculation that the Ministers were also reviewing efforts to reconcile the two Angolan movements - a task given them by the O.A.U. in 1972.