The leader of the Popular movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Agostinho Neto told a rally of his supporters in Luanda on Thursday (25 September) that his organisation had little to gain from talks and concessions to rival organisations.
GV Crowed outside Luanda City Hall
SV Agostinho Neto arrives surrounded by crowds and enters
SV INTERIOR Coat of Arms
SCU Neto speaking to supporters and applause
CU Neto talks with CUs of executive committee members listening (4 shots)
SV People listen
CU Neto speaking (2 shots)
SV Members applaud
SV PAN Neto waves on balcony to crowds cheering outside City Hall
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Background: The leader of the Popular movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Agostinho Neto told a rally of his supporters in Luanda on Thursday (25 September) that his organisation had little to gain from talks and concessions to rival organisations.
The MPLA is engaged in a war with two other organisations -- the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (UNITA) for control of the Portuguese colony which gains its independence on 11 November.
Hundreds gathered in front of the City Hall in Luanda, which
is in the firm control of the MPLA, and cheered and shouted wildly when Mr. Neto arrived with his heavily armed escort. He spends much of his time directing troops in the field and is seen seldom in the capital.
He assured his audience they had little to fear from an invasion of Luanda by rival groups, although he remind them of the need for a "popular defence" in the event such an attack should come.
He said talks with the FNLA and UNITA were an experiment which did not produce results. The three organisations are supposed to meet for negotiations sponsored by the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) in Kampala, Uganda on 30 September.