INTRODUCTION The Angolan ambassador to the United Nations, Elisio de Figueiredo, on Tuesday (19 April) complained about criticism of his government by the world Press.
SV: Angolan ambassador speaks.
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: De FIGUEIREDO: "Well, remember that in the beginning, just about a month or so, newspapers, in various headlines, said that Angolan forces had invaded and occupied Zaire. Definitely not. What happened in Zaire, I would like to repeat once again, is the work of the Congo National Liberation Front, which is a group composed of Zaireans. There are no Angolans in Zaire at the present time and there are no Cuban forces there either. Whether the citoyen from time to time dreams of Angolans and Cubans in his sleep, it's one thing. But the reality is that there are no Angolans involved in this affair in Zaire at the present time. What we know is that it is a popular uprisal, within the Zairean territory."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Senhor de Figueiredo alleged that mercenaries, as well as foreign governments, were involved in Zaire. He said the mercenaries, together with "France, Belgium, South Africa and China will bear the full responsibility for anything that might occur in that part of Africa". Senhor de Figueiredo said that if fighting flared up in the region. Angola would try to make sure it did not reach the Angolan border. "The threat is there", he said. (Citoyen is French for citizen).
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Background: INTRODUCTION The Angolan ambassador to the United Nations, Elisio de Figueiredo, on Tuesday (19 April) complained about criticism of his government by the world Press. He said his government was not satisfied with reporting on political events in Angola since the revolution. Commenting on the fighting in Zaire, he described it as a popular uprising, and not simply a secessionist movement.