INTRODUCTION Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares made a semi-official visit to the United Nations on Tuesday (19 April) in an effort to clear up some problems affecting the former Portuguese colony of Angola, and Portugal's relations with China.
SV United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim greeting Portuguese Premier Mario Soares and aides in U.N. headquarters; party walking along hall; and Waldheim introducing Soares to U.S. ambassador Andrew Young
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Soares seated talking to Waldheim
CU Soares speaking in Portuguese and interpreter translating into English
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: SOARES (THROUGH INTERPRETER): "We refer to the concern which we have, the preoccupation which we have for the Portuguese citizens which still live in Angola.
"Once again we re-affirm our purpose, our intention of not intervening in any way in the internal affairs of Angola.
"We also expressed to the Foreign Minister of angola our worries...about what is taking place in Zaire. "And about the actions of the Katangan troops which have penetrated Zaire.
"We know well these people... because these Katangan troops were mercenary troops...which have been trained and framed within, organised within the framework, in a process of organisation, organised by the fascist government."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Angola's UN representative, Elisio de Figueiredo, described the current fighting in Zaire as a nationwide "popular uprising", not just a secessionist movement in copper-rich Shaba province. He denied Angola, or Cuban troops, were in any way involved. In regard to Portugal's relations with China, Dr Soares said he could not understand China's reluctance to make an arrangement.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares made a semi-official visit to the United Nations on Tuesday (19 April) in an effort to clear up some problems affecting the former Portuguese colony of Angola, and Portugal's relations with China. The latter arises from Portugal's occupation of Macao, off mainland China.
SYNOPSIS: Before their official talks, Dr Soares and his aides were introduced to United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. And with the United states taking an increasing role as spokesman for western world, the Portuguese delegation also received an important introduction to U.S. ambassador andrew Young. Dr Soares had gone to the U.N. to ask Dr Waldheim to help Portugal establish full relations with China. Through an interpreter, the Portuguese Prime Minister also spoke of his concern over events in Zaire, which could affect neighbouring Angola, a former Portuguese colony.