The Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, Doctor Abdulai Conteh, said in London on Thursday (8 March) that his government is very concerned about the Tanzanian-Ugandan War.
SV AND PAN INTERIOR: John Darby of Visnews asking Sierra Leone Foreign Minister, Doctor Abdulai Conteh a question, (Conteh seated with two other officials) and ZOOM IN TO CU of Conteh speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: DARBY: "What is your country's view of events now taking place in Uganda?"
CONTEH: "The events taking place in Uganda are entirely the business of Ugandans, entirely. This is formally, and about institutionally as well. As a member state of OAU we feel, where the overspill to a neighbouring territory and impair relationships, we feel concerned as an African country. The President...was forced because of the overspill of events internally in Uganda which have an effect on the relationship with Tanzania. He was forced to send off a letter to both Presidents, Nyerere and President Amin. Indeed, we feel concerned about what is happening there."
DARBY: "You must be concerned by the report of arrival of Libyan troops?"
CONTEH: "We certainly were, we certainly were. This certainly came up in the OAU council itself. On of the sad things I noticed was the dreadful effect this might have on Afro-Arab relationships. There were certain agenda items in the Council which were really treated shabbily because of the news that there were Libyan troops in Uganda. It's a regrettable step. It's very very regrettable.
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Background: The Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, Doctor Abdulai Conteh, said in London on Thursday (8 March) that his government is very concerned about the Tanzanian-Ugandan War. Dr. Conteh came to London from a Council of Ministers meeting of the Organisation of African Unity, OAU, where the Ugandan situation was discussed. Visnews' John Darby interviewed Dr. Conteh.