Four days after leading the Ugandan Army coup that ousted President Milton Obote, Major-General Idi Amin outlined his plans for running the country to a gathering of diplomats in Kampala on Friday (January 29).
GV Parliament building and emblem
SCU PAN Austrian Ambassador arrives by car
SV Security vehicle patrolling
SCU Israeli Ambassador arrives
CU Ghanaian Ambassador
SV Yugoslavian Ambassador
TV Security men in compound and checking man's belongings (2 shots)
SCU General Amin arrives and greeted
CU Amin shakes hands with Papal representative, and envoys (2 shots)
SV & CU Papal representative with British High Commissioner on his right (2 shots)
SCU Other envoys
CU CPR representatives (2 shots)
LV General Amin seated addressing envoys
PARLIAMENT BUILDING: AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR ARRIVING: SECURITY PATROL: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR AND OTHERS ARRIVE: SECURITY OFFICERS CHECKING MAN: AMIN ARRIVING: AMIN GREETING PAPAL REPRESENTATIVE: AMIN READING STATEMENT.
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Background: Four days after leading the Ugandan Army coup that ousted President Milton Obote, Major-General Idi Amin outlined his plans for running the country to a gathering of diplomats in Kampala on Friday (January 29).
The burly 48-year-old General held the conference at the heavily-guarded Parliament building. He told the assembled envoys that he was in full control of Uganda -- despite continuing reports of resistance -- and that he wanted to maintain diplomatic links with their countries.
Most countries have still not officially recognised Uganda's new leadership. General Amin made an especial effort to win the friendship of neighbouring Tanzania, which still acknowledges Dr. Obote as Uganda's head of state.
General Amin did not refer directly to reported intelligence information that Tanzanian troops were preparing to attack Uganda in support of Dr. Obote. But he read out an open letter addressed to Tanzania's President Nyerere warning that any attack would make him the enemy of true Ugandans for ever.
A note in the open letter gave President Nyerere's postal box number and requested Ugandans to post a copy to the Tanzanian leader if they agreed with its contents.
President Nyerere's recognition of Dr. Obote has cast doubts over the future of the East African Community, which groups Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya socially and economically. General Amin told diplomats that the new Ugandan leadership continued to regard Tanzania as a friendly country within the East African Community.
The General repeated his pledge to hold free and fair elections, adding: "I shall then go back to the barracks and take orders from whoever is elected President."