An Organisation of African Unity (OAU) mediator, Mr. William Eteki Mboumoua, has returned form Uganda?
GV Eteki down aircraft steps and greeted by Kenyan officials
GV & SV INT. Eteki speaking to newsmen (7 shots)
REPORTER: "Do you feel that you have achieved anything in your talks in Uganda and Kenya?"
ETEKI: "I am not yet in a situation to achieve anything. I'm still on the way. Kenya seemed to be ready to open dialogue with Uganda, and Uganda accepts this proposal."
REPORTER: "Did President Amin give you any indication that he would be interested in finding a solution to the dispute?"
ETEKI: "I kind of feel that, yes."
REPORTER: "If there is no petrol in Uganda, then that means that Kenya must have blocked the border."
ETEKI: "What? I have not been to the border. As I've said I have not studied properly or realised the situation on the shortage of petrol in Uganda."
REPORTER: "That's true..."
ETEKI: "What I could state is that Uganda has no petrol now."
REPORTER: "Then you must go to the border and see."
ETEKI: "I have not been to the border."
Ah yes, as the deputy minister says to me that the expression of semi-blockade could mean that the blockade could shortly be (indistinct) by Kenya. No in my mind I say that the result is like a semi-blockade, I don't know if it is the intention of Kenya or not. But when you are in Uganda, your impressions are that it is a semi-blockade.
Uganda Radio has reported that President Amin has agreed to send a ministerial delegation to Nairobi for talks. But informed sources quoted by Reuters news agency say Kenya is still holding to tough terms spelled out earlier this week for a return to normal relations with Uganda.
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Background: An Organisation of African Unity (OAU) mediator, Mr. William Eteki Mboumoua, has returned form Uganda to Kenya with a message for the government of Kenya, and he says he believes that both countries want to settle their recent quarrels.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Eteki arrived back on Friday after talks with Ugandan President Idi Amin. He told a news conference Uganda has agreed to take part in discussions with Kenya. Relations deteriorated after the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport and charges by President Amin that Kenya is blockading Uganda's supply routes.