One of the three Angolan Liberation movements leaders has called for the new unity plans to be put into action immediately.
GV Nairobi airport terminal building
SCU Dr. Neto being questioned by reporters
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SV Dr. Neto and aides walking across tarmac to aircraft (3 shots)
DR. NETO: "There are many things to put immediately into practice. One, and the most important, is to create a climate of tranquillity, I mean to avoid any kind of violence. This is to help the (indistinct) of preparing for elections and we need to work very quickly during the months of June and July to help electoral work and constitute the electoral bodies in every district to make the electoral operation. This is one priority. But this problem, preparation of elections, is linked to the other, the constitution of the national but obeys the government. But without this the climate will be always very precarious. So at least these two decisions must be implemented immediately."
In Kenya, Angolan liberation leaders have agreed on a basis for unity. One of the three leaders, Dr. Neto, was interviewed at Nairobi Airport. He was asked what would be the first steps taken under the new agreement.
Dr. Neto was leaving Kenya for Mozambique where he will attend independence celebrations. With him was a Kenyan delegation led by Foreign Minister, Dr. Waiyaki. Elections will be held in Angola in October. Dr. Neto and the two other leaders have attended a summit meeting chaired by Kenyan leader, President Kenyatta. They agreed to renounce the use of force as a way of solving their problems.
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Background: One of the three Angolan Liberation movements leaders has called for the new unity plans to be put into action immediately. Dr. Agostino Neto, head of the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), was speaking in Kenya on Monday (23 June) before he left to attend the independence celebrations in Moszambique.
Leaders of MPLA, MFNLA (the National Front for the Liberation of Angola) and UNITA (the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), agreed in Nakuru, Kenya, to stop violence and work together for unity.
They further agreed to form a national army, and pledged to free all prisoners and guarantee each other the right to free political activity anywhere in the country.
Speaking at Nairobi airport, Dr. Neto said he was optimistic about unification of the three movements' armies. He described this as an "inescapable obligation" before Angola gains its independence from Portugal in November.
Dr. Neto left for Mozambique with a Kenyan delegation, headed by Foreign Minister, Dr. Munyua Waiyaki.
This film includes an interview with Dr. Neto which is transcribed below.