The leaders of Angola's three freedom movements conferred in Mombasa on Friday (3 January) in preparation for independence talks with Portugal.
The leaders of Angola's three freedom movements conferred in Mombasa on Friday (3 January) in preparation for independence talks with Portugal. Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta opened the conference at him Mombasa residence -- The State House -- with a call to the three leaders ("in the name of Africa") to overcome their differences and unite for the sake of freedom.
The three Angolan leaders attending the meeting are Dr Agostino Neto, head of the left-wing MPLA; Holden Roberto of the right-wing FLNA, and Dr Jonah Savimbi of the middle-of-the-road UNITA.
Mr Neto arrived on Thursday (2 January) from Dar as Salaam, and the others arrived overnight from Nairobi, having travelled there together from Kinshasa, Zaire. Their accompanying delegations totalled about 50 officials.
The three groups are seeking to find a common front before their constitutional conference with Portugal begins in Lisbon on 10 January. Extreme secrecy and security surrounded the three leader's arrival and talks. But a communique was expected at the weekend.
Angola now is being ruled by a provisional Portuguese administration. The Portuguese have proposed that the three liberation movements disband their separate armed forces and form a unified defence force, integrated with Portuguese troops. This would require each of the groups to give up military control of the areas they have held during their long guerrilla war against the Portuguese -- a question expected to receive priority attention in the Mombasa talks.