Repeating his tough line on the expulsion of British passport-holding Asians from Uganda, President Idi Amin told lunch meeting of diplomats on Wednesday (August 9) that the Asian community had refused to integrate with ugandan Africans and only wished to exploit the nation's economy.
SV Amin and guests eating
CU Amin eating
CU Amin sharing joke with guest
GV Amin surrounded by reporters/
CU Amin speaking
IN: "Asians have kept them-selves...."
OUT: "...responsibility of Great Britain."
REPORTER VOICE-OVER: "But then came the General's tough statement, which shocked some of those present--who expected, behind the smiles, a readiness to compromise."
PRESIDENT AMIN: "Asians have kept themselves apart as a closed community and have refused to integrate with Ugandan Africans. Their main interest has been to exploit the economy of Uganda and Ugandan Africans. They have been milking the economy of the country."
REPORTER VOICE-OVER: "Afterwards, I asked him what could happen if Britain refused to take the Asians."
PRESIDENT AMIN: "Before I hand over the government to another government, I must reorganise this country properly and this is a part of my problem to follow. I am the best friend of british, and your best friend is the friend is the friend who tells you are mistaken, and that is why I said that the responsibility of Asians in Uganda it is the responsibility of Great Britain."
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This film, covering President Amin's luncheon speech, complements Visnews production number 9714/72 "Uganda and Kenya: President Amin meets with British, Indian and Pakistani diplomatic representatives over Asian issue, closely watched by Asian community in neighbouring Kenya", also serviced from London on Thursday (August 10)
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Background: Repeating his tough line on the expulsion of British passport-holding Asians from Uganda, President Idi Amin told lunch meeting of diplomats on Wednesday (August 9) that the Asian community had refused to integrate with ugandan Africans and only wished to exploit the nation's economy.
President Amin, who has said that all British Asians would have to be out of the country within three months, apparently tightened his tough line by saying that all Indian, Pakistani and Bangladesh nations in Uganda would have to leave as well.
The lunch meeting, attended by British High commissioner Mr. Richard Slater, the Indian High Commissioner and the Pakistan Ambassador, began in a jovial atmosphere with laughs and jokes. But after lunch, in a prepared speech, President Amin destroyed hopes of a compromise by repeating his order.