• Short Summary

    THE SUDANESE MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOUTHERN SUDAN, MR GARENG, SAID IN LONDON ON FRIDAY (APRIL 10) THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WAS NOW IN COMPLETE CONTROL FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S INVASION OF REBEL-HELD ABA ISLAND WHICH LED TO THE DEATH OF THE ANSARI MUSLIM LEADER, IMMAM AL MAHDI.

  • Description

    1. GV EXT. SUDANESE EMBASSY IN LONDON ZOOM IN TO FLAG 0.11
    2. MV REPORTER & GARENG 1.49

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: QUESTION: MR GARENG, YOU'VE GOT SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE SOUTHERN SUDAN. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF REPORTS THAT THERE'S BEEN A SERIOUS CIVIL WAR GOING ON WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE BEING KILLED. IS THIS TRUE?

    GARENG: NO, I WOULD SAY IT WAS NOT TRUE.

    QUESTION: THERE HAS BEEN SOME FIGHTING HAS THERE NOT...

    GARENG: THERE HAS BEEN SOME FIGHTING IN 1965 AND 1966.

    QUESTION: ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE FIGHTING HAS NOW COMPLETELY STOPPED MR GARENG?

    GARENG: THERE IS NO FIGHTING AT ALL, NOW. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SOME OF THE REBELS STILL ROAMING THE FORESTS.

    QUESTION: THERE HAS BEEN A RECENT ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE YOUR PRIME MINISTER -- THIS WAS IN THE NORTH OF THE COUNTRY BY THE MUSLIM RELIGIOUS SECT LED BY THE IMMAM AL MAHDI. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. WAS IT A SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW YOUR GOVERNMENT?

    GARENG: I THINK IT WAS A SUICIDAL ATTEMPT ON THE PART OF THE IMMAM AND HIS PEOPLE WHO APPEAR TO BE FRUSTRATED BY CERTAIN SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROGRAMMES THE GOVERNMENT IS CARRYING OUT IN AN AREA THAT USED TO BE UNDER THEIR INFLUENCE.

    QUESTION: BUT THERE WERE QUITE A LOT OF SUPPORTERS -- I BELIEVE HE DID MUSTER ABOUT 70,000 PEOPLE. IS THAT CORRECT?

    GARENG: YES, HE HAD WITH HIM ON THE ISLAND ABOUT 70,000 PEOPLE MOST OF THEM ARMED WITH SPEARS. AND ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC RIFLES AND MORTARS AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS.

    QUESTION: BUT YOU SAY NOW THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY IN CONTROL WOULD YOU?

    GARENG: NOW IT IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL AND I THINK IS STRONGER -- AS IN STRONGER POSITION THAN IT WAS BEFORE.

    QUESTION: MR GARENG, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    GARENG: THANK YOU.

    Initials SAW/V/AS/SGM
    Background: THE SUDANESE MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOUTHERN SUDAN, MR GARENG, SAID IN LONDON ON FRIDAY (APRIL 10) THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WAS NOW IN COMPLETE CONTROL FOLLOWING LAST WEEK'S INVASION OF REBEL-HELD ABA ISLAND WHICH LED TO THE DEATH OF THE ANSARI MUSLIM LEADER, IMMAM AL MAHDI. ANSWERING A QUESTION ON REPORTS OF UNREST AMONG NILOTIC CHRISTIANS IN SOUTHERN SUDAN, MR GARENG SAID THERE HAD BEEN NO FIGHTING IN THE SOUTH SINCE 1966.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3OG74DCB4LOTNNJKOB577BFXM
    Media URN:
    VLVA3OG74DCB4LOTNNJKOB577BFXM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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