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    The leaders of the three Angolan Liberation movements are conferring in Mombasa, southern Kenya, in an effort to reach a common negotiating position before constitutional talks open with Portugal later this month.

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    The leaders of the three Angolan Liberation movements are conferring in Mombasa, southern Kenya, in an effort to reach a common negotiating position before constitutional talks open with Portugal later this month.

    They were welcomed to Mombasa on Friday (3 January) morning by President Jomo Kenyatta, who officially opened their conference by appealing to them to unite.

    The three leaders -- Dr. Agostino Neto of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.), Mr. Holden Roberto of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (F.N.L.A.) and Dr. Jonas Savimbi of the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (U.N.I.T.A.) -- went into closed session immediately after the official opening.

    They are expected to continue their discussions through Saturday (4 January) and to have reached some form of agreement by Sunday (5 January) afternoon.

    Although the three parties are ideologically far apart -- M.P.L.A. on the left, F.N.L.A. of the right and U.N.I.T.A. in the middle -- it is generally felt there is little doubt they will reach an accommodation in Mombasa which will allow them to go into independence talks with Portugal with a common position on (at least) basic issues.

    Very strict security surrounds their talks -- no details at all have been made public -- and also surrounds the three delegations, which are staying in separate hotels.

    During their long guerrilla war with the Portuguese the three movements were not united -- at times the M.P.L.A. and F.N.L.A. fought each other as well as the Portuguese.

    But, following the Portuguese coup in April, 1974, and the formation of Portugal's present liberal Government, all three Angolan movements agreed to stop guerrilla actions with a view to independence negotiations.

    The Portuguese are reported to have proposed that the transitional Government be made up of 12 ministers -- three from Portugal and the other nine divided evenly between the three movements. The division of these portfolios is expected to be one of the subjects discussed in Mombasa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAET8Y0I2RHFVQK70515M2R5JOT
    Media URN:
    VLVAET8Y0I2RHFVQK70515M2R5JOT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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