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    Mr. Elisio de Figueiredo, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.) spokesman and Ambassador-at-large?

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    GV EXTERIOR United Nations building (MUTE)

    SCU Angolan delegate de Figueiredo speaking

    DE FIGUEIREDO: " The People's Republic of Angola and its vanguard the M.P.L.A. condemns vigorously the invasion of racist South African regular troops in Angola. We call upon other friendly nations throughout the world to demand the withdrawal of South African and Zaire troops immediately from or territory. Most of the fighting in Angola at the present time is against top Zairian para-commandos, South African racist troops and other mercenaries. There are very few F.N.L.A. and U.N.I.T.A. troops actually engaged in military efforts because Angolans do not actively support those two puppet groups. Suddenly, without the alliance of the United States, Zaire, South Africa, working in close co-operation with U.N.I.T.A. and F.N.L.A., these groups would no longer be in existence in Angola. The People's Republic of Angola is a non-aligned nation, expects good relations with all the nations, throughout the world so long as our territorial integrity and sovereignty is respected. Gentlemen, I am at your disposal to answer any questions."

    QUESTION: "How do you plan to show your gratitude to the countries who have given you arms and ammunition -- the Soviet Union and Cuba?"

    DE FIGUEIREDO: "We have diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union as well as with Cuba as about 37 to 40 countries have recognised the People's Republic of Angola. Our fighting struggle continues in Angola and the Soviet Union and Cuba are simply there, just as many other foreigners are. If you want me to get into detail it is that we have been supported by most of the socialist countries, including Norway, Sweden and Denmark since 1961. At that time we appealed and we asked for help throughout the western world and no western country would give us a grenade ... a gun to fight against the Portuguese oppression in Angola."

    SYNOPSIS: The United Nations building in New York ..... where on Wednesday Elisio de Figuiredo gave the M.P.L.A. point of view on Angola to newsmen.

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    This film is serviced with a soundtrack containing part of Mr. de Figueiredo's speech and his answer to a question. A transcript follows:

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    Background: Mr. Elisio de Figueiredo, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.) spokesman and Ambassador-at-large for Angola, held a news conference at the United Nations on Wednesday (17 December), where he alleged that at the present time there were 11,200 troops from Zaire fighting in his country as well as 4,000 South African regular soldiers.

    He called for friendly nations throughout the world to demand the immediate withdrawal of these troops from Angola and said that there were very few troops from the M.P.L.A.'s rival factions the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (F.N.L.A.) and the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (U.N.I.T.A.) actually fighting, because Angolans did not support them wholeheartedly.

    Mr. de Figueiredo also said that some 50 South African regular troops had been captured and would be displayed to newsmen in Luanda, THE M.P.L.A.'s capital, in the near future.

    He also charged that there were United States military advisers in Zaire training troops sent to fight the M.P.L.A. He added that no American "military men" had been captured although there were some American mercenaries there "fighting side by side with South Africans" and with the F.N.L.A. and U.N.I.T.A.

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