Two leading spokesman for FNLA, the National Front for the Liberation of Angola, have claimed that the Soviet Union is the only major power influencing the civil war in Angola.
GV Interviewer with two FNLA spokesmen, Jose Monteiro Barreto and Daniel Moyo. CUs Barreto speaking.
INTERVIEWER: "Would you care to comment on the role of the great powers, the Soviet Union and the Untied States, in Angola?"
BARRETO: "I think that the only great power (indistinct) influencing our civil war in Angola is the Soviet Union, because it is the only one that has made so many propagandas (indistinct) to liberation movements and because we have never had any support from the United States."
INTERVIEWER: "Did you have any support from the Chinese?"
BARRETO: "Yes, during the liberation war we had support from the Chinese."
INTERVIEWER: "And from South Africa?"
BARRETO: "No, never."
INTERVIEWER: "What foreign soldiers are fighting with the FNLA?"
BARRETO: "No foreign soldiers fighting with the FNLA in Angola. We have a lot of white Angolese ... Angolese, but Portuguese originally, who chose Angolese nationality and are working and fighting the wars, but not all of them are military, but political too."
INTERVIEWER: "Can you tell me what you think the outcome of the war will be, how you think the war will end?"
BARRETO: "Well, I think that the only way for this war to finish in Angola is to make an agreement with the two movements (indistinct) union national government with three movements, the MPLA, the FNLA and UNITA. I think this would be the best way to end the war in Angola."
INTERVIEWER: "You don't foresee military victory for FNLA in Angola?"
BARRETO: "It would be very, very difficult, very difficult and with too much sacrifice."
Two senior members of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola, the FNLA, have claimed that the Soviet Union is the only major power affecting the civil war in Angola. Political Bureau member Jose Monteiro Barreto, in Rome with his colleague Paulo Daniel Moyo for a world conference of Christian Democrat parties, talked about the war to VISNEWS reporter Ivor Gaber, on Monday.
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Background: Two leading spokesman for FNLA, the National Front for the Liberation of Angola, have claimed that the Soviet Union is the only major power influencing the civil war in Angola.
Political Bureau member Jose Monteiro Barreto said in Rome on Monday (1 December) that there were some 400 Soviet military advisers, MIG fighter pilots and technicians now helping the rival MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola). In addition he said there were 3,000 Cuban troops and some 4,000 former Katanga volunteers who previously helped the Portuguese colonial authorities against liberation movements.
Mr. Barreto was in Rome with his colleague Paulo Daniel Moyo for a world conference of Christian Democrat parties.
They claimed the FNLA now controls some 80 per cent of Angola but said the war looked like continuing because of the sophisticated weapons supplied by the Soviet Union to the MPLA.
Talking about foreign interference in the war, Mr. Barreto denied charges that the FNLA had anything to do with South African troops involved in the civil war. He said the South Africans had been brought in by UNITA (the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) which has set up a joint rival government with the FNLA to the Luanda-based MPLA.
The two men said they both believed the best way the war could end would be for the three movements to unite. They said a military victory by FNLA would be very difficult and too great a sacrifice.
This film includes an interview with FNLA spokesman Jose Monteiro Barreto by VISNEWS reporter Ivor Gabor. A transcript appears below.