American transport planes have flown a total of 1,200 Moroccan troops into Lubumbashi in Zaire to replace the French Foreign Legion paratroopers who were sent there during the recent revel invasion.
GV EXT Moroccan troops march away from aircraft across tarmac at Lubumbashi Airport. (2 SHOTS)
GVs: US troops unloading Moroccan equipment from aircraft. (2 SHOTS)
MV: Ambulances lined up ZOOM INTO Moroccan troops assembled on grass.
MV PAN: Moroccan troops walk towards lorries and load equipment. (2 SHOTS)
GVs: Moroccan troops depart on back of trucks. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN: Legionnaires walk across tarmac towards aircraft.
MV PAN: Legionnaires carrying wounded comrade on stretcher and load into aircraft as Commander Yves Gras looks on. (3 SHOTS)
GVs: Legionnaires assemble beside aircraft and enter. (4 SHOTS)
On the diplomatic front, Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua had talks in Kinshasa with Government officials on ways China might help Zaire in development. Mr. Huang who arrived on Saturday, 3 June, paid a one day visit to Lubumbashi for talks with President Mobutu Sese Seko. Sources in Zaire said the Chinese, who are already involved in a agricultural and medical aid programme in Zaire, might offer technical and economic assistance.
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Background: American transport planes have flown a total of 1,200 Moroccan troops into Lubumbashi in Zaire to replace the French Foreign Legion paratroopers who were sent there during the recent revel invasion.
SYNOPSIS: This is the second time within two years that Moroccan troops have been to Zaire. They were sent there 14 months ago to help put down a smaller rebellion than the recent one in Shaba province. The Moroccans arrived in American C-One-Forty-One Military planes, and it is expected that they will be joined by troops from Senegal, Gabon, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Togo to make up a peace-keeping force.
At the meeting of leaders from Africa, France the United States and Britain in Paris this week, agreement could not be reached to st up the French proposal for a Pan-African peace-keeping force. Within Zaire there is some doubt as to whether the in-coming peace-keeping force will provide the same assurance for the 5,000 strong European community.
While the amount of Moroccan equipment suggests they are in for a long stay, the French Foreign Legionnaires left for their Corsican base, leaving just 150 of their number for unspecified duties in Kolwezi. The stretcher case, watched by the French Commander Yves Gras is not a war casualty, but has tropical fever.
It is not yet known when the 600 paratroopers from Belgium will be withdrawn, but it is considered likely that this will be within the next two weeks. American politicians who have been alarmed by the United States' involvement have been reassured by a senior official attending the Paris talks. The move, he said, was a special reaction to a specific crisis and stressed the Carter administration did not intend to assume an interventionist role in Africa.