Leaders of the three African liberation groups in Angola have presented a united front at independence talks with the Portuguese Government being held in Penina, southern Portugal.
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Background: Leaders of the three African liberation groups in Angola have presented a united front at independence talks with the Portuguese Government being held in Penina, southern Portugal. The three African groups, rivals for the past decade, presented a joint plant for steps to independence, but the Portuguese delegation said it objected to some points. A spokesman said there were problems about the leadership of the proposed transitional Government, the holding of elections for a constituent assembly, and the presence of Portuguese forces in Angola.
The discussions have now reached the plenary meeting stage.
A note of warning entered the discussions when the Minister for Overseas Territories, Dr. Almeida Santos said that if any of the three African movements walked out of the conference, it could lead to civil war. But he added that participants fully understood the situation.
The negotiations are being held in a closely guarded hotel from which the delegates scarcely venture.