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    The three rival Angolan Liberation Movements, meeting at a special summit in Nakuru, Kenya, have agreed to unite their armed forces in a single army.

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    The three rival Angolan Liberation Movements, meeting at a special summit in Nakuru, Kenya, have agreed to unite their armed forces in a single army. This was announced in a joint communique on Thursday (19 June).

    The decision is considered possibly the most significant to have been taken since the summit began on Monday (16 June) in an effort to stop factional bloodshed in Angola and ease the way to full independence from Portugal scheduled for November.

    It is believed that the army will come under a unified command; but no details have been disclosed so far.

    The communique added that various important subject had been discussed and unanimity reached on all of them.

    At the meeting, the leaders also decided to set up an office under the Presidential college of the Transitional Government -- which groups the rival liberation movements and the Portuguese authorities -- to handle the territory's foreign affairs.

    At the moment the Portuguese High Commission appointed to guide Angola to independence on 11 November handles foreign affairs. It is thought the new body would be an embryonic Foreign Ministry designed to take over foreign policy on independence.

    Earlier in the day, Mr. Holden Roberto of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) said they agreed there should be no delay in declaring independence. But the thor???y question of holding elections still remained to be solved.

    The other two Liberation movements attending the summit are the Popular Front for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA).

    SYNOPSIS: Leaders of the three Angolan liberation movements -- now meeting at a special summit in Nakuru, Kenya -- scored a breakthrough on Thursday. They've agreed to unite their armed forces to form a single army. The decision is considered as the most significant taken since the summit began on Monday. The leaders are discussing ways to stop factional bloodshed in the territory and to ease the way to full independence from Portugal in November.

    Dr. Jonas Savimbi of the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola, was there. Also present was Dr. Agostinho Neto of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Angola. Another key figure was Mr. Holden Roberto representing the National Front for the Liberation of Angola. Earlier, Mr. Roberto told a news conference that they agreed they should be no delay in declaring independence, but the thorny question of holding elections remained to be solved.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4RB72ULN7IU256Q1BYCY08Z0
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4RB72ULN7IU256Q1BYCY08Z0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
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