Sierra Leone's Prime Minister Dr. Siaka Stevens is confident that the situation in his country?
Panoramic view of Freetown
GV Prime Minister's office
CU sing as above "P. M's Office"
SV ZOOM in to crest on wall with armed guard at PM office entrance.
CU P.M. Stevens
GV people walking in the street (" SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 5: P. M. SPEAKS: It came to my mind that we, that parliament had in December 1970 passed a resolution following the Guinee invasion, parliament passed a resolution here to say that we should make a defence pact with Guinea and Liberia. We are a small nation here, we do not have much and we would take some comfort in linking up with these people in matters of defence so that if anything happened to us they could come to our help. We had reached agreement with Guinea and the President of Liberia said he was looking into the matter. So when the table arose, tension in the line, the army divided, everybody is now on edge, people couldn't sleep, for two or three days. I thought the best curse to take was to implement this agreement, this resolution which parliament had passed in December 1970. I managed to meet President Sekou Toure and he readily came to our rescue by agreeing to send soldiers over here.
The soldiers arrived here on Sunday morning and since then there has been some amount of quiet in the place and I can only hope now, that we will be able to solve these difficulties so that people may be able to live in peace again. Just this morning a friend of mine was talking to me and the (indistinct) women are very bitter abut what happened. An on the morning of the coup, or these two attempted coups, a number of soldiers went to the market place and shot in the air and cleared all these people's goods and money they had. Portrayed as women killers. Those are some of the things that go with these disturbances. And people as a whole are happy now because they can sleep in peace. On the two or three days since Tuesday - Wednesday started nobody could sleep in this country (indistinct) I am very happy to say that the things have quietened down now and we shall do our best to maintain the situation.
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Background: Sierra Leone's Prime Minister Dr. Siaka Stevens is confident that the situation in his country is now under control following the recent abortive army coup and twc assassination attempts.
In an interview with Visnews on Friday (April 2) Dr. Stevens said that his people were now happy with the state of the country. He explained his reasons for calling in troops from Guinea and defended the action of his government before the time of the attempted COUP.
SOUND INCLUDES: DR. STEVENS SPEAKING (ENGLISH) AND GENERAL BACKGROUND NOISE IN PAN SCENES.
SYNOPSIS: In Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, the situation is quiet after the recent abortive army coup and the two assassination attempts on Prime Minister Stevens
Guinean troops which marched into Sierra Leone last month under a treaty signed between the two countries a few days before, are still in the city. Prime Minister Dr. Siaka Stevens gave his view of the situation in a recent interview.
Seven senior army officers including Brigadier John Bangura who led the 1968 coup which put Dr. Stevens back in power, are still being held following the attempted coups.