On his arrival in Addis Ababa for the Organisation of African Unity's (O.A.U.) summit conference?
GV Addis Ababa airport building
SV President Barre out of aircraft and greeted by Sec. Gen. Bante and others
SV President Nyerere out of aircraft and greeted
SV President Kaunda out of aircraft and greeted
CU & SV Girls watching as Cuban delegates come out of aircraft and are greeted (2 shots)
SV President Machel out of aircraft and greeted
SCU & SV General Amin out of aircraft and greeted (2 shots)
SV INT Newsmen
CU Amin speaking to reporters
AMIN: "I am Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, I am very very happy with American policy because they say that they will not interfere in the internal affairs of Angola; the problem of Angola must be solved by Angolans and also by the Organisation of African Unity. They are killing innocent people, therefore we condemn everybody -- not Russian, not Cuban, not only South African, even black African -- they are condemned. If also Ugandans are there, they are condemned."
REPORTERS: "Thank you very much."
SOUND IN: "I as Chairman....
SOUND OUT: (REPORTERS) ...thank you very much."
At Ethiopia's main airport outside Addis Ababa on Friday, African heads-of-state were arriving for the Organisation of African Unity's summit meeting on the Angolan civil war. One of the first was President Sied Barre of Somalia. The conference is likely to be the toughest challenge the Organisation has ever faced.
Another prominent leader was President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. He is one of the strongest supporters of the Soviet-backed MPLA -- the Angolan independence movement that has control of the Angolan capital, Luanda. He told reporters that Angola was an independent state that had been attacked by foreigners.
On his arrival, President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia said they wanted a meaningful peace based on an government of national unity. The type of government had to be decided by the people of Angola.
Less familiar faces were those of the Cuban delegation which is attending the conference. Passions are so high on the question of DAU recognition of either the MPLA or the western-backed FNLA and UNITA coalition, that the Organisation could be split. Nearly half the members support the MPLA.
Another strong supporter of the MPLA is Mozambique and its President, Samora Machel. At a news conference he accused the FNLA and UNITA of being agents of South Africa. He said that by collaborating with Africa's greatest enemy, the movements' leaders had lost their right to sit with African leaders. Their place was with racist South Africa. One of the most important arrivals during the day was that of President Idi Amin of Uganda -- this year's Chairman of the Organisation.
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This film includes a sound extract from President Amin's news conference at Addis Ababa airport. The following is a transcript of his remarks on film:
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Background: On his arrival in Addis Ababa for the Organisation of African Unity's (O.A.U.) summit conference on Angola, President Idi Amin of Uganda, the Organisation's Chairman, said he was pleased with United States policy on Angola following a massage he had received from President Ford. He made his remarks to newsmen when he arrived at Addis Ababa airport on Friday (9 January).
The conference, which has been called to discuss the civil war situation in Angola, is seen as the toughest challenge to face the Organisation in its twelve year history. The Angolan war, with its enormous international implications poses a far greater threat to African stability and unity than the Congo crisis a decade ago.
Nearly half the OAU's 46 member-states now support the Soviet-backed Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), and they could win a majority to enable them to obtain a general OAU recognition of the MPLA.
The 22 African countries who have already recognised the MPLA are: Algeria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo, Dahomey, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guinea conakry, Ghana, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome, Somalia, Sudan, and Tanzania.
Other heads of state to arrive on Friday included President Sied Barre of Somalia, President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, President Kenneth Kuanda of Zambia, and President Samora machel of Mozambique.
At a news conference on his arrival, President Machel accused the other two liberation groups in Angola -- the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) -- of being agents of South Africa. He also attacked the leaders of the two movements, and said "By collaborating with Africa's greeted enemy (South Africa), these leaders have lost their right to sit with African leaders. Their place is with racist South Africa."