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    The Foreign Affairs spokesman for the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA), Dr.

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    The Foreign Affairs spokesman for the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA), Dr. Jorge Sangumba, claims Britain and other European Common Market countries have not done enough to help UNITA in its struggle against its Soviet-backed rival liberation organisation, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

    He made the statement in an interview with Visnews African Editor William L. Ward in London on Sunday (1 February).

    Dr. Sangumba also said several other African countries had been bribed with aid from the Soviet Union to support and recognise the MPLA.

    While in Europe Dr. Sangumba will meet heads of European governments but said he would not be attempting to purchase arms or hire mercenaries. However, he added that if arms came to UNITA from Europe or the United States of America via other African countries friendly to the UNITA cause, "we would be very pleases".

    Dr. Sangumba said he was not surprised by the apparent lack of support for his organisation from the Unites States of America as "the United States is suffering from psychosis and trauma after the defeat in Vietnam and besides there are the Presidential elections."
    He also said that the withdrawal of South African troops .. believed to have been fighting on the side of UNITA .. from Angola was expected as "UNITA had never asked for support from South African troops; we in UNITA do not need any foreign forces to fight for us".

    Dr. Sangumba said there could only be a political solution to the war in Angola "as all military victories are only temporary". He added that UNITA was prepared to take second or third position in any coalition government in Angola but "UNITA will not and cannot tolerate the Soviet domination of the Angolan people".

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    Film ID:
    VLVADXVULX8TUBUK8NICO4QJ9DJB
    Media URN:
    VLVADXVULX8TUBUK8NICO4QJ9DJB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:11:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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