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    President Idi Amin of Uganda has returned home to Kampala after a brief visit to Zaire, where there is a war at the moment.

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    SV INTERIOR: President Mobutu with glasses on right and President Amin seated at table.

    CU: President Amin eating.

    SV PAN: party eating

    CU: President Mobutu

    SCU: President Amin speaking to newsmen at news conference. (2 shots)

    SVs: President Amin saying farewell to officials at airport as band play (2 shots)

    SCU: President Amin and Mobutu saying farewell to each other. (2 shots)

    SV: President Amin waves and enters aeroplane.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: AMIN: "Yes, I have got assessment and I am very happy to go back and report, not only to the people of Uganda, but to dismiss completely the malicious propaganda against President Mobutu and the people of Zaire that they are losing the battle now, but there is very big progress now in the battlefield from any minute I spend with president Mobutu he is getting progress and encouragement reports form the front line."

    REPORTER: "Does this mean, Mr. President, it will not be necessary for you to send assistance at this moment?"

    AMIN: "If there is need, we are ready to come to Zaire at any moment. I made it absolutely clear during the afro-arab summit in Cairo that any leader or any country who harbour a subversive element against a friendly country or sister country in the continent of Africa, is a traitor to Africa. Therefore if these invaders come from Angola, therefore Angola is misbehaving like imperialism, because they should not prepare any subversive activities against a sister country like Zaire which they have signed agreement."

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The invading troops are believed to be Katangans who want independence for the Southern province now known as Shaba. Some sources have claimed they were trained by Cuban troops in Angola. Cuban troops helped Angola's Movement for the Popular Liberation of Angola (MPLA) win last year's war in Angola. King Hassan of Morocco sent troops into Zaire earlier this month to help President Mobutu's government repel the invaders.

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    Background: President Idi Amin of Uganda has returned home to Kampala after a brief visit to Zaire, where there is a war at the moment. The Ugandan leader arrived on Friday (22 April) for talks with President Mobutu Sese Seko.

    SYNOPSIS: President Amin said he had come to get first hand information from President Mobutu about the situation in southern Zaire where insurgent forces have captured several towns in Shaba province. On his arrival he said he would send Ugandan troops to Zaire if they were needed. After his discussion with President Mobutu, he spoke to newsmen.

    President Amin and President Mobutu had four hours of talks about the fighting in Shaba province before the Ugandan President left Kinshasa for Kampala. Military authorities in Zaire later said their troops and the Moroccan allies were at the gates of two towns held by invading troops, but denied reports saying they had already retaken the town of Kapanga. The Zaire officials said the joint Zaire-Morocco forces were still removing mines from approaches to the town, the northernmost town captured by the insurgents.

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