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    Angola's President Agostinho Neto has discussed with Belgian pressmen prospects for cooperation between Angola and Belgium.

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    MV Zoom into President Agostinho NETO of Angola listening to woman translating speech into French.

    CU President NETO speaking in Portugese with French translation after statements.

    MV President NETO and official seated

    CU President NETO speaking with French translation after statements.

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    Background: Angola's President Agostinho Neto has discussed with Belgian pressmen prospects for cooperation between Angola and Belgium. The reporters have been accompanying the Belgian Foreign Minister M. Henri Simonet, on a tour of Angola. President Neto referred to a possible cooperation agreement between the two countries. It would be the first such agreement between Angola and a western nation. M. Simonet said he will tell the European Common Market Council of Ministers about Angola's needs in the technical and industrial fields so that cooperation in these sectors can begin. At his news conference President Neto said Europeans put a different value on the lives of Africans and Europeans. He said that when hundreds of blacks are massacred it is not treated as seriously as the deaths of a few whites.

    SYNOPSIS: President Neto said aid Angola received from the Soviet Union, Cuba and other socialist countries came with no political or ideological strings attached.

    He said that during Angola's struggle for independence, the nations was helped by various countries of the world. But he said that the socialist countries gave Angola the most dynamic and important assistance. President Neto said organisations in Western Europe and the United States also aided the struggle. The President announced that Angola may join the next Lome Convention, an aid pact linking the Common Market with more than 50 developing countries.

    But President Neto rebuked the West over its attitude to victims of wars of independence waged in Africa.

    He said that Europe looks at world events from a European standpoint. He said that hundreds of dead in Cassinga, Angola, did not have a great impact in Europe, while ten people killed in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) prompted a strong response.

    President Neto told M. Simonet in their talks that Angola supports national Liberation Movements in South Africa. He also expressed concern over what he sees as a threat from South Africa because of Angola's supports for the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) M. Simonet said that he could accept Angola's political alignment, and the Cuban presence in Angola, so long as these did not assist movements which might cause instability in the rest of Africa.

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