Malawi's President, Dr. Kamuzu Banda, has emphatically denied a report that Malawi has sent aid?
GV Newsmen seated round table ZOOM IN TO Dr. Banda at head (MUTE)
GV Banda speaking (SOUND)
PRESIDENT BANDA: "If he had been here, the man who wrote that article, he would have noticed that, because we are doing no such thing. The man simply invented and fabricated the story. Because, to begin, here in Malawi we do not believe in interfering in the internal affairs of any other country. Because we here in Malawi, ourselves, do not permit anyone to interfere in our internal affairs, no matter who he is, where he comes from, what position he holds. We permit no-one to interfere in our internal affairs. Therefore, we, in our turn, do not believe in interfering in the internal affairs of any other country...and we do not do it. Secondly, we have no arms, no money, no men to send to any country. We need....we do not have enough arms for our own army to begin, we do not have enough money for our own army...and we need all the men in our own army at home."
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Film includes part of President Banda's news conference. A transcript follows:
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Background: Malawi's President, Dr. Kamuzu Banda, has emphatically denied a report that Malawi has sent aid to political factions fighting in Angola.
The President was addressing a specially-called news conference in Malawi's capital, Blantyre, on Monday (5 January) following an article in a periodical published in Kenya alleging that Malawi has sent arms, money and men into war-torn Angola.
Malawi, he said, would brook no interference in its own internal affairs and firmly believed that it had no right to interfere in the internal affairs of any other country. In addition, the President said, his country could not spare either arms, money or men from its own defence system.
President Banda then called for a complete withdrawal of all foreign troops from Angola. The three nationalist groups fighting for control of the former Portuguese colony -- the Soviet-backed Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.), the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (F.N.L.A.) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) -- should not allow themselves to be the proxies of foreign powers whether big or small, capitalist or socialist, he said.
He urged the three groups to end their conflict and form a government of national unity, and said Malawi would put forward this proposal to the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) special summit on Angola in Addis Ababa this weekend.