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    The pro-Obote forces which unsuccessfully invaded Uganda are back in Tanzania. This was revealed by?

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    GV Harbour and street scenes Dar-es-Salaam (4 shots)

    CU Minister of Information speaks.

    MINISTER: "We are going to give the fullest co-operation to this Somali initiative. The situation on the border is normal, as we have reported from time to time. There has been -- I said, has been -- no fighting between Uganda troops and Tanzanian troops.

    REPORTER: Regarding the Ugandan exile forces, are they now back inside Tanzania?

    MINISTER: Many Ugandans are back in Tanzania.

    REPORTER: Were they routed -- I mean, were they defeated? What happened to them according to your information?

    MINISTER: Ah, the information I have -- I am sure you have this same information. We had no intention of invading Uganda. And we have no intention now, or in the near future, of invading Uganda.

    REPORTER (faintly): But you were provoked, weren't you?

    MINISTER: We were provoked, As I have stated, categorical (sic), if provocation continues we will retaliate, because the Tanzanian Government has responsibility or defending its territorial integrity.

    REPORTER: Does this mean there will be no more attacks across the Ugandan border from these exile forces?

    MINISTER: I don't know.

    REPORTER: Mr Minister, will the Ugandan exile forces still be given sanctuary inside Tanzania and allowed to train and arm themselves for more attacks on Uganda?

    MINISTER: They are here, that's as far as I can say. They are in Tanzania now.

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    Background: The pro-Obote forces which unsuccessfully invaded Uganda are back in Tanzania. This was revealed by Mr. Daudi Mwakawago, Tanzanian Minister of Information, at a press conference on Tuesday (26 Sept). It was the first time that Tanzania had admitted that the invasion began from their territory.

    The Minister refused to discuss what Tanzania plans to do with the pro-Obote forces -- though some observers believe Uganda's President Amin may demand a curtailment to the activities of the "exile army" when he negotiates a settlement with Tanzania.

    Mr Mwakawago said Tanzania did not plan to invade Uganda, and is looking forward to the tripartite conference at which Somalia will mediate between Tanzania and Uganda. Somalia has already produced an interim proposal which includes banning troop movements in the areas on both sides of the Tanzania-Uganda border. Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr John Malecela, has flown to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and observers expect the talks to start on Saturday.

    SYNOPSIS: In the Tanzanian capital, Dar-es-Sallam, politicians are busy preparing for peace talks with Uganda, expected to start in Somalia on Saturday. Meanwhile Tanzania's information minister, Mr Daudi Mwakawago, has been discussing the situation at a press conference.

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