Formal talks between Frelimo, the Mozambique Liberation Group, and the Portuguese Government are imminent, Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr.
Formal talks between Frelimo, the Mozambique Liberation Group, and the Portuguese Government are imminent, Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Abdul Rahim Farah said yesterday, Tuesday (13 August).
Mr. Farah was in Dar es Salaam for two days of talks with the president of Tanzania, Mr. Julius Nyerere and the Foreign Minister Mr. John Malecela, and the Director for African and the Middle East Mr. Paul Rupia. He also met representatives of liberation groups, including Frelimo.
Mr. Farah confirmed that secret talks had taken place between Frelimo and the Portuguese Government, and "if all goes well", he said, official talks should begin soon between the two sides. Mr. Farah said the United Nations had a role to play in decolonising Portugal's overseas territories.
The Assistant Secretary-General arrived in Tanzania from the Headquarters of the Organisation of African Unity in Addis Ababa. He leaves for Lusaka Zambia today (Wednesday) on the second leg of his tour to brief African leaders on the outcome of Secretary-General Waldheim's talks with Portugal. He will visit Guinea, Senegal, Congo-Brazzaville and Algeria.
SYNOPSIS: The seaside home of President of Tanzania, Mr. Julius Nyerere was the scene of talks between Tanzanian Foreign Ministry Director for Africa, Mr. Paul Rupia, and Mr. Adbul Rahim Farah, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General. Mr. Farah is on tour of African countries to bring leaders up to date on developments concerning Mozambique.
Mr. Farah and Mr. Rupia were joined by Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Mr. John Malecela. Mr. Farah is briefing leaders on recent talks between Secretary-General Waldheim and the Portuguese Government. Mr. farah also had talks with Mozambique Liberation leader samora Machel on "prospects for independence."
President Nyerere came down from his office to say goodbye to Mr. Farah after fifty-five minutes of talks. The Assistant Secretary-General will go on to visit Zambia, Zaire, Congo, Guinea, Senegal and Algeria.