Mr. Samora Machel, the President of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) arrived in Zambia on?
Mr. Samora Machel, the President of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) arrived in Zambia on Tuesday (3 september) for talks with Portuguese officials about the independence of Mozambique.
The Frelimo leader started talks with the Portuguese Foreign Minister, Mario Soares, who arrived in Lusaka on Thursday (5 September). The Foreign Minister predicted on his arrival in the Zambian capital that the independence agreement would be signed by Saturday (7 September).
Mr. Machel, who is leading a 22-man delegation to the talks, was greeted at Lusaka International Airport by President Kenneth Kaunda after flying in from Dar Es. Salaam, Tanzania, where Frelimo has its headquarters.
It is thought that a likely date for the take-over of Mozambique by a Frelimo Provisional Government is 25 September. This is the tenth anniversary of the start of Frelimo's armed struggle for independence. Full self-government of the area is expected next year.
The Lusaka meetings closely follow Portugal's recent decision to grant full independence to its former colony of Guinea-Bissau.
The Portuguese Overseas Territories Minister said he expected full agreement to be reached on Mozambique independence at the Lusaka meeting. He expects a Provisional Frelimo Government to be formed about a week later. This would hold two-thirds of the portfolios ... the other third would be held by Portuguese officials until full independence, probably in July next year.