The leaders of the three Angolan liberation movements have been meeting in the southern Kenyan town of Mombasa to thrash out a common negotiating position before meeting on 10 January with the Portuguese Government for talks on the future of their country.
GV AND CU Emblem on Mombasa State Houses (2 shots)
SV PAN Nato (white shirt) into car
SV (from left to right) Savimbi and Roberto. Savimbi walks to car
SV ZOOM IN Kenyatta in shirt-sleeves walking among delegates
SV ZOOM INTO SCU Roberto waiting
MV ZOOM INTO SV AND CU Delegates waiting as cameraman looks on (2 shots)
SCU Moi talking to delegates
SV TILT DOWN Roberto and another delegate into car and car drives off (3 shots)
MOMBASA STATE HOUSE: NATO, SAVIMBI AND ROBERTO LEAVE BUILDING AS KENYATTA TALKS TO DELEGATES.
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Background: The leaders of the three Angolan liberation movements have been meeting in the southern Kenyan town of Mombasa to thrash out a common negotiating position before meeting on 10 January with the Portuguese Government for talks on the future of their country.
Their three days of discussion -- hold under a strict security blanket -- culminated on Sunday (5 January) with the announcement that the three leaders had formed a joint political platform for their constitutional talks with the Portuguese.
The three leaders -- Dr. Agostino Nato of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.), Mr. Holden Roberto of the National front for the Liberation of Angola (F.N.L.A.)and Dr. Jonas Savimbi of the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (U.N.I.T.A.) -- have been guests of Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta during their stay in Mombasa.
President Kenyatta opened the leaders' talks on Friday (3 January) with a plea that they should achieve a unified stand.
The three parties are ideologically far apart: The F.N.L.A. representing right-wing attitudes, the M.P.L.A. the left wing and U.N.I.T.A. in the middle. Indeed, for periods during their long guerrilla war with the Portuguese the M.P.L.A. and F.N.L.A. fought each other, as well as the Portuguese.
The Portuguese are reported to have proposed that the transitional Government be made up of 12 minsters -- three of them from Portugal and the other nine divided evenly between the three groups. The division of these three portfolios has been high on the agenda at these tripartite talks.