Diplomatic activity is continuing to try to resolve the conflict between Uganda and Tanzania. Envoys?
GV EXTERIOR Wilson airport, Nairobi, Tanzanian envoy Timothy Ayipo an aides off plane and greeted, walk across tarmac as photographs taken. (3 SHOTS)
GV Ugandan envoy Bob Astles out of Ugandan airlines aircraft, and greeted.
SCU INTERIOR Hotel in Nairobi: Astles speaking at news conference as newsmen take notes. (3 SHOTS)
ASTLES: "Negotiations with Tanzania just don't exist since 1971; there's been no talking between both countries. And, as you know, Uganda wanted to talk since that date. It can only be done apparently through other heads of sates, and other heads of states have come forward very, very quickly...to stop this fighting, and to see that there is some form of negotiation. The main negotiation, of course, is...will be, I hope anyway, to prevent any more arms coming into Uganda across the Kagera, and to prevent any more subversive organisations coming. The biggest one, of course, was in 1971, when there was a full-scale invasion on to Masaka, and on to Mbarara. There have been smaller ones since; I think it was last year when the security forces captured all those weapons. There were several thousand light automatics, and millions of rounds of ammunition."
REPORTER: "Is President Amin worried that the Kenyans might cut off oil supplies?"
ASTLES: "I should imagine it would worry any Head of State in the world, no matter whether he's from England, or from South America...when you talk about fuel, it's a very big worry. Certainly it's worrying (United States President Jimmy) Carter. But, um, I think pure common sense will prevail because, after all, President Amin is listening very carefully to the President of Kenya."
REPORTER: "Do you intend to try and see President Moi today?"
ASTLES:"A minister has come up from Uganda, and I believe he is now seeing the president of Kenya."
No details were immediately available on the outcome of the ninety-minute private talks Mr. Ayipo had with President Moi. President Moi left on Sunday (12 November) for Paris at the start of week-long tour of Europe, his first trip abroad as head of state. Mr. Astles said President Amin was more concerned about basketball championships in Uganda than he was on the state of the conflict with Tanzania.
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Background: Diplomatic activity is continuing to try to resolve the conflict between Uganda and Tanzania. Envoys from both countries have been in Kenya for talks with President Daniel Arap Moi and other Kenyan leaders.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Timothy Ayipo, a special envoy from Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere arrived at Wilson Airport, Nairobi on Wednesday (8 November) for talks with President Moi. Six days earlier, according to the official Kenyan News Agency, the Kenyan Head of State called on Uganda to withdraw its troops from a strip of Tanzanian territory it had occupied during the previous week. He wanted the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to deal with the conflict. Uganda was worried about reports that Kenya had agreed to a Tanzanian request to cut off Uganda's oil supplies which cross Kenya from Mombasa.
The Ugandan party, which arrived on Saturday (11 November), contained President Amin,s special adviser, Bob Astles. He was to tell a news conference later that Ugandan-Tanzanian relations had been in a void for seven years.