Leaders of the three Angolan liberation movements arrived at Faro airport -- on Portugal's southern Algarve coast -- on Friday (9 January) for talks on setting a date for Angola's independence.
GV & SCU Police at checkpoint at entrance to Algarve province
CU Soldier with rifle checks car
SV & LV Other vehicles being checked (2 shots)
GV PAN Faro airport buildings
LV PAN Helicopters on pad PAN TO Air Zaire aircraft
SV PAN FROM Newsmen TO Roberto & delegates down aircraft steps
SCU Roberto greeted by Santos on tarmac
SV Group walks to helicopter
CU & LV Newsman watches as helicopter leaves (2 shots)
LV Aircraft on tarmac
SV President Gomes & Soares out of aircraft & greeted
SV Two men walk to cars (3 shots)
LV PAN Motorcade leaves
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Background: Leaders of the three Angolan liberation movements arrived at Faro airport -- on Portugal's southern Algarve coast -- on Friday (9 January) for talks on setting a date for Angola's independence.
They went on to nearby Penina for the beginning of their two-day meeting with Portuguese leaders.
Tight security measures surrounded the Angolans' arrival at Faro and the hotel where they are staying in Penina.
First to arrive was Mr. Holden Roberto, Chairman of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (F.N.L.A.). He was met at the airport by Portugal's Minister for Overseas Territories, Dr. Almeida Santos. The two men then boarded a helicopter for Penina, 50 miles (70 kms.) away.
The other two leaders -- Dr. Agostino Neto of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.) and Dr. Jonas Savimbi of the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (U.N.I.T.A.) -- arrived later the same day.
Mr. roberto arrived on a special Air Zaire flight from Tunis, where he had been visiting Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba.
Later on Friday, Portugal's President Francisco de Costa Gomes arrived for the meeting. He described it as an historic event, whose results would affect people, not only in Angola -- the richest and largest of Portugal's overseas provinces -- but the whole of Africa and the world.
This meeting in southern Portugal was preceded by a conference the week before in Mombasa, Kenya, of the three Angolan liberation leaders. They came together to settle their differences and to form a unified front for their talks with the Portuguese.