MASERU AND NEAR MASERU, LESOTHO
As delegates arrived in Maseru, Lesotho, for a meeting of the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC), guerrillas attacked a nearby from the nine SADCC countries and officials from European countries arrived to discuss economic growth and investment for the region.
MASERU AND NEAR MASERU, LESOTHO
1. GV PULL BACK Flags outside conference centre, Hilton Hotel, with delegates arriving by car (3 shots) 0.26
2. SV Officials waiting for King of Lesotho, Moshoeshoe II to arrive 0.28
3. GV King arrives and greeted by officials and enters the conference centre (2 shots) 0.56
4. SCU King Moshoeshoe speaking (SOT) and crowd applauds (2 shots) 2.12
5. SCU Danish FM Mr. Ellman-Jensen speaks while audience listens (2 shots) (SOT) 2.33
6. SCU Commonwealth Secretariat delegate, D.A. Anderson speaks and GV audience listens (SOT) (2 shots) 2.52
7. LV ZOOM TO GV Sign saying "Lesotho National Abattoir" 2.58
8. GV Hole in roof caused by bomb blast 3.03
9. SV PAN Building's wall damaged by blast (2 shots) 3.18
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FOUR):
MOSHOESHOE: "We know that you are fully aware that the tributions of Lesotho are only a manifestation of a more sinister and general factor -- that is destabilising all the black majority rule democracies of Southern Africa. We appeal to all our friends and partners in development to strengthen their resolve in continuing to lending a help that are all so generously giving to our countries so that the people of Angola can ever stand with strength and dignity to defend their independence; so that the people of Zimbabwe and Mozambique can be left alone to enjoy their hard won independence and determine their social and economic destinies without interference or sabotage of their economy. Let all in Southern Africa remember that the joint sacrifice of our partners in development and those of our people, will only bear fruit within an atmosphere of full respect of our political sovereignty."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE):
ELLMAN-JENSEN: "SADCC is first of all directed towards economic co-operation but must also be seen in a political context."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SIX):
ANDERSON: "The nature and posture of the South African government, deplored by all civilized peoples, gives added urgency to the SADCC programmes and heightens the importance of its annual consultative conferences with co-operating governments and international agencies throughout the world."
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Background: MASERU AND NEAR MASERU, LESOTHO
As delegates arrived in Maseru, Lesotho, for a meeting of the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC), guerrillas attacked a nearby from the nine SADCC countries and officials from European countries arrived to discuss economic growth and investment for the region. An SADCC spokesman quoted by Reuters said that there were fears in Lesotho that violent attack on economic installation might frighten off foreign investment. The attack came before King Moshoeshoe II arrived to open the conference. The King said the guerrilla attack was aimed at preventing investment in his country and appealed to Western countries to continue their economic aid. The Danish Foreign Minister, Mr Ellman-jensen, said the main aim of the SADCC DADCC conference was economic co-operation, but added the political situation must be considered. Mr. D.A. Anderson, Commonwealth Secretariat delegate, said the conference helped give momentum to aid programmes in Southern Africa. Responsibility for the raid on the one the one million U.S. Dollar abattoir has been blamed on the Lesotho Liberation Army (LLA), the military wing of the exiled opposition Basutolnd Congrees Party (BCP). There were no casualties in the attack, which occurred six kilometres (4 miles) from Maseru, but the blast caused considerable damage. Reporters counted 16 holes in two water storage tanks and the nearby pump house of the abattoir. The total cost of damage had not yet been assessed. The Lesotho government said the LLA operated from bases in South Africa as part of a campaign to destabilise the region and keep the SADCC countries economically under-developed.
Source: REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH