Angola's two feuding liberation movements have agreed to set up a common front to negotiate the territory's independence from Portugal.
Angola's two feuding liberation movements have agreed to set up a common front to negotiate the territory's independence from Portugal. The agreement was announced in the joint communique issued at the end of a two-day summit meeting on Saturday (July 27) held in Bukavu, Zaire. Present were representatives of the two movements - the MPLA and FNLA - and Presidents Mobutu Seseseko of of Zaire, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Marien Ngouabi of Congo Brazzaville.
The communique said the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) and the FNLA (National Fornt for the Liberation of Angola) would hold elections for leaders and a common movement would be set up.
In the past, attempts at union have been hampered by internal differences in the MPLA. These have mainly been ideological and tribal divides.
The hope was expressed at the summit that it would be the last one of its kind. President Mobutu said that it would also be the last time the phrase "Portuguese colonies in Africa" was used in such surroundings.
SYNOPSIS: President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, one of Africa's leading statesmen, arrives in Bukavu, Zaire for one of the most important summit meetings held in the continent for years. He was met by the host President Mobutu Sesesseko.
The two leaders met on July 26 for a conference with two other Presidents and leaders of the Angolan liberation movements. They were to discuss independence for Angola form Portugal.
Another leader taking part was President Kenneth Kaunda who arrived soon after. The Zambian leader said that independence was not easy and blood had flowed before it was obtained.
The three Presidents went from the airport to the Presidential residence in Bukavu for the conference. They expressed the wish that the talks could work out a strategy for obtaining independence for Angola.president Mobutu said he hoped in would be the last time the phrase "Portuguese colonies in Africa" would be used.
The other President at the discussions was Marien Ngouabi of Congo Brazzavilla. The summit was held at a time when two movements in Angola were fighting for the same end...but not together.
Representatives of the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) and the FNLA (National fornt for the Liberation of Angola) joined the four leaders. Discussions lasted throughout the day. A final communique said the two liberation movements would setup a common fornt to negotiate the territory's independence form Portugal.