Tanzanian President Dr. Julius Nyerere told a news conference in New Delhi on Sunday (18?
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NYERERE: "I can say that we have two problems, in Angola...one is an internal problem. A lack of unity among the liberation movements in Angola and a problem we've had during the whole period of an armed struggle since the withdrawal of the Portuguese. There has always been an effort by members of the OAU to try and help our brothers in Angola to work together. First to work together in order to throw out the Portuguese, to fight the Portuguese and later after April 1974 we continued helping our brethren in Angola together in order to negotiate with the Portuguese and fixed a date for independence we went on persuading them to work together in order to avoid a civil war. So there has been an effort by the OAU to get unity among the liberation movements in Angola, first to fight, secondly to negotiate, if you like negatively, to..........avoid a civil war. This we were doing all the time. That was one of the problems ... an internal problem in Angola. Later, the South Africans and others used this internal problem for aggression and so there is South African aggression and for the first time the racist regime in South Africa has troops in an independent African state using the internal problems of an independent African state to put in its own troops. Roughly what happened at Addis was an attempt to distinguish South African aggression and therefore all of us to unite and ask the Angolans to unite against a common enemy ... a failure to distinguish this urgent matter and the continuing desire of the OAU to try and help our brethren in Angola stop their internal fighting."
The Vigyan Chavan building in New Delhi was the scene of a news conference on the Angolan crisis by Tanzanian President Dr. Julius Nyerere on Sunday. Dr. Nyerere told newsmen that Angola was facing two major problems ...
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Background: 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".