The four African Heads of State committed to uniting the Angolan liberation movements held a closed-door meeting in Brazzaville, the People's Republic of the Congo, on Monday (2 September).
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Background: The four African Heads of State committed to uniting the Angolan liberation movements held a closed-door meeting in Brazzaville, the People's Republic of the Congo, on Monday (2 September).
The leaders -- Marien Ngouabi (Congo), Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire), Julius Nyerere (Tanzania) and Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia) -- were all in Brazzaville for the summit meeting of 17 East and Central African States.
It was the second meeting on that topic between the four leaders. The first was in Bukavu, Zaire, in July. No statement was issued after the Brazzaville talks.
The summit meeting itself also ended on Monday with a pledge form all participating nations not to establish diplomatic relations with Portugal until all its African colonies are granted independence. A final summit communique said the East and Central African nations also agreed to give the newly-independent States all the assistance necessary in the event of aggression. This included military aid.
The Heads of State still in Brazzaville on Wednesday (3 September) rounded off their visit with a tour of the city's trade fair.
SYNOPSIS: In Brazzaville, the People's Republic of the Congo, on Monday four African Heads of State sat down in private session to discuss the problem of uniting the various liberation movements in the Portuguese territory of Angola. The leaders of the Congo, Zaire, Tanzania and Zambia were in Brazzaville for summit meeting of seventeen East and Central African countries. It was the second meeting of its kind, but no official statement was issued.
The private talks were held on the same day as the closing session of the summit meeting, which also dealt with Portugal's African territories. A communique issued after the session said the participating countries had pledged not to establish diplomatic relations with Portugal until all the terrorities were granted their independence.
The East and Central African nations also pledged all necessary assistance to newly-independent States in the event of aggression. The communique said this would include military aid. The conference also decided to increase and diversify its support for the African liberation movements.
On Wednesday, the Heads of State and other delegates still in Brazzaville rounded off their visit with a tour of the city's trade fair.
The tour was a welcome change for the delegates form the conference rooms, where they'd spent three days discussing the problems of member countries and the African continent as whole.
The summit was the ninth of its kind and was attended by ten Heads of State, as well as representatives of the African liberation movements.