Tanzania says it has launched its first major offensive against the Ugandan forces that invaded its territory at the end of last month.
Tanzania says it has launched its first major offensive against the Ugandan forces that invaded its territory at the end of last month. But in Kampala, an aide to Ugandan President Idi Amin said the first attempt to drive out Ugandan forces had failed. The border war has sparked off a spate of shuttle diplomacy in surrounding countries.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (12 November) Mozambique said it backed Tanzania's decision to drive out the Ugandan forces, calling the invasion a "brutal action". The announcement came over Dar es Salaam radio after Mozambique's President Samora Machel returned home from a visit to Tanzania. President Julius Nyerere accompanied him to the airport. During the visit, President Machel and Nyerere held two hours of private talks. Details of the meeting were not disclosed, but they were believed to be centred on the border dispute with Uganda.
As President Machel was leaving Tanzania, President Nyerere was waiting at the airport to welcome another guest, Ethiopian Head-of-State Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam. It was Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu's first visit to Tanzania, and government officials, ministers and hundreds of people were at the airport to greet him.
After leaving the airport, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu met several foreign diplomats, and then attended a banquet in his honour. But the atmosphere was more serious when the two leaders sat down for three hours of talks. A State House spokesman said they dealt mainly with problems in southern Africa and the Ugandan occupation in northwest Tanzania.