Tanzanian President Dr. Julius Nyerere told a news conference in New Delhi on Sunday (18?
Tanzanian President Dr. Julius Nyerere told a news conference in New Delhi on Sunday (18 January) that Angola faced two major problems -- a lack of unity among liberation groups and South African aggression.
Dr. Nyerere said the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) had worked at getting the various movements together for a "number of years". He said the OAU had done everything it could to avoid a civil war in Angola.
The Tanzanian leader said the OAU first worked on forming a resistance to the Portuguese domination while Angola was still a colony. Then the organisation helped during negotiations with he Portuguese for a withdrawal date.
"So there has been an effort by the OAU to get unity among the liberation movements, firstly to fight, secondly to negotiate and thirdly ... to avoid a civil war," he said.
He said that for the first time, the "racist regime" in South Africa had used the internal problems of Angola as an opportunity to send their troops into an independent African state.
He added that the OAU Summit on Angola held last week in Addis Ababa, had tried to get the liberation movements to unite and fight "South African aggression".