At the United Nations, the Angolan Prime Minister has told the General Assembly that a West German missile test base in Zaire constitutes a grave danger to Angola.
At the United Nations, the Angolan Prime Minister has told the General Assembly that a West German missile test base in Zaire constitutes a grave danger to Angola. Prime Minister Lopo Do Nascimento also claimed that during a recent raid into southern Angola, South African forces used what he called "secret weapons".
SYNOPSIS: The Angolan Prime Minister told the General Assembly session that the agreement between the West German Government and Zaire on the establishment of a missile base in the central African state was to be deplored. He described the arrangement as "constituting the barrel of a gun aimed at the heart" of his country, Angola.
In addition to criticising the West German-Zaire agreement on the nuclear base, the Angolan Prime Minister also expressed his concern about the arming of the white minority governments of South Africa and Rhodesia. He gave details of a recent raid into southern Angola by South African troops, during which they were alleged to have used secret weapons.
Senhor Do Nascimento described the South African raid as "a fresh act of aggression by the South African racist regime, aggression which warranted the vigorous condemnation of the U.N. Security Council and the world community. In this respect, "he continued, "we wish to inform the Assembly that from the investigations we carried out on the spot, we have come to the conclusion that in this further act of aggression, weapons were used of which we had no previous knowledge, and which caused the victims to die the most horrible of deaths."
At the time of the raid, the South African authorities said the incursion into Southern Angola was against guerrilla bases in the area set up by members of SWAPO, the South West African People's Organisation. Foreign newsmen who visited the scene of the fighting after the raid on May the 4th said they counted about 580 dead.
Also during his speech to the General Assembly, the Angolan Prime Minister made an apparent allusion to recent proposals for the setting up of a Pan-African military force to defend pro-Western governments in Africa. Observers at the U.N. said Senor Do Nascimento appeared worried about the possible formation of a nuclear belt involving South Africa in the near future.