The Government of Uganda yesterday (Friday) returned four Tanzanian helicopters which they had held for ten months.
Dar Es Salaam Airport
LV & SV Helicopter next to aircraft (3 shots
LV Helicopter moved onto truck
LV Control tower PAN TO helicopter being moved (fuselage only) (2 shots)
SV Parts unloaded from aircraft
GV PAN Tail-booms of helicopter in crates
SV & CU Helicopter name "Boustra"
SV & LV Another fuselage off-loaded from aircraft (6 shots)
SV & LV Fuselage moved onto trolley
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Background: The Government of Uganda yesterday (Friday) returned four Tanzanian helicopters which they had held for ten months.
The four Swedish--built machines--worth a total of 210-thousand pounds sterling--were delivered to Dar Es Salaam Airport in a specially-chartered East African Airways VCIO, accompanied by Uganda's East African Community Minister for Communications, Mr. William Rwetsiba.
The helicopters had been seized last July when the Irish air cargo aircraft taking them to Dar Es Salaam made an unscheduled stop at Uganda's Entebbe Airport, 20 miles south of Kampala.
The seizure came at a time when relations between the two countries were severely strained and their mutual borders closed following the January 1971 coup when Ugandan President Milton Obote was overthrown by General Idi Amin. So far the Tanzanian government has declined to recognise President Amin's fifteen-month-old regime.
Relations between Uganda and Tanzania have recently shown signs of improvement. The Ugandan Information Ministry said that Mr. Rwetsiba carried with him yesterday a letter from President Amin for Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, containing assurances of Uganda's desire for brotherly relations.
SYNOPSIS: At Dar Es Salaam Airport this week, four helicopters completed a journey that had taken them ten months longer than planned. They had been seized by the government of Uganda in July last year, when the aircraft carrying them made an unscheduled stop at Entebbe while on its way to Tanzania. Now Uganda has reconsidered, and a specially-chartered aircraft took the helicopters to their destination on Friday.
The four Swedish-built machines arrived at the Tanzanian capital in crated form, and will be assembled later. Together they are worth over two hundred thousand pounds sterling.
They were seized at a time when relations between Uganda and Tanzania were severely strained following the coup in Uganda when President Milton Obots was overthrown by General Idi Amin in January 1971. Tanzania still refuses to recognise President Amin's fifteen-month-old government, but there are signs that relations between the two countries are improving. A delegation of leading Ugandan officials accompanied Friday's helicopter delivery, carrying with them a letter from President Amin addressed to President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. It contained assurances of Uganda's desire for brotherly relations with its fellow-member of the East African Community.