There have been reports from a Liberation radio station that some troops in that country have rebelled against the new government that came to power during a coup that killed President William Tolbert on Saturday (12 April).
GV EXTERIOR Airport lounge in Lusaka, Zambia
SV Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) Secretary General Mr Edem Kodjo of Togo speaking in English to Visnews' Abbey Maine
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: KODJO: "It is really a sad event but the O.A.U. cannot interfere in the internal and domestic affairs of Liberia. But we received the news with the greatest affliction, and what we did is to make an appeal to the new Liberian authorities to show clemency for the former entourage of the late President Tolbert."
MAINE: "Zimbabwe will be independent this week. Would you say this will be an encouragement for these in South Africa and Namibia to wage more armed struggle?"
KODJO: "Sure, it is an encouragement. I believe that our African peoples are happy to see the new Zimbabwe develop and we believe that after the independence of Zimbabwe we will be able to achieve the total liberation of Africa in trying to solve the problem of Namibia and the problem in South Africa."
REPORTER: ABBEY MAINE
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Background: There have been reports from a Liberation radio station that some troops in that country have rebelled against the new government that came to power during a coup that killed President William Tolbert on Saturday (12 April). The Mission radio station monitored in the United Kingdom gave few details. Other reports said the bodies of Mr Tolbert and 27 other people killed in the coup have been thrown into mass graves by the new regime headed by Sergeant Samuel Doe. Mr Tolbert was President of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), members of which have been gathering in Lusaka, Zambia for a meeting. In an interview with Visnews' Abbey Maine the Organisation's Secretary General Mr Edem Kodjo of Togo commented on this and other issues in Africa.