INTRODUCTION: East Africa appeared to be moving into a new era of co-operation following Saturday's (17 January) summit meeting between four heads of state.
SV PAN Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi descends from aircraft and is greeted by Ugandan President Milton Obote, at Entebbe Airport, Kampala
CU PAN Tribal dancing
SV The two Presidents walking and talking
SV PAN Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda steps from airliner and prays on knees with President Obote before they formally greet each other
SV PAN Tribal dancing
SV PAN Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere steps from airliner and is greeted by President Obote (2 shots)
SV Crowd with welcome banner for Dr. Nyerere
LV PAN INTERIOR The four heads of state seated with their delegations around tables
SV President Obote seated
SV President Obote laughing and joking with other leaders
LV Presidents Kaunda, and Moi seated with their delegates
CU President Obote speaking English (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 12: OBOTE: "Here is Uganda, if there is one thing we need more than any other thing, it is understanding, by all the friends of the people of Uganda. I say the same thing now to the ministers, the officials, and to all of you pressmen. And I ask you in the name of the people of Uganda, please convey to the rest of the world that one thing Uganda needs most at this moment is understanding."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: East Africa appeared to be moving into a new era of co-operation following Saturday's (17 January) summit meeting between four heads of state. Presidents Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Uganda's Dr. Milton Obote laughed and joked through much of news conference, after four hours of private talks in Kampala.
SYNOPSIS: First to arrive for the one-day summit was Kenya's President Daniel Arap Moi. Since his recent return to power, Doctor Obote has made considerable efforts to reassure Kenya that he will not steer Uganda back to his socialist and nationalisation policies of the 1960s.
Doctor Obote, who regained the leadership of Uganda in December, ten years after the coup by Idi Amin, spared no effort in the enthusiastic welcome.
He has good current relations with Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda who is enthusiastic about re-establishing the so-called Mulunguhsi Club of Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, which broke up after Doctor Obote was ousted in 1971. Relations between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya have been strained recently though, partly because of the break up of the East African Economic Community in 1977, and partly because of the Amin administration which ended almost two years ago.
The warmest welcome at Entebbe Airport, 30 miles (50 kilometres) from Kampala, was for Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere. President Obote is close to the Tanzanian leader who gave him asylum during his exile. It was Doctor Nyerere who provided most of the troops who helped a few Ugandan guerrillas to overthrow Idi Amin.
The meeting was the first time the three heads of the state had visited Uganda since the Amin administration ended. One delegate said the summit marked Uganda's return to the community of acceptable nations.
The summit is expected to result in the reopening of the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Doctor Obote is in a strong position to act as a mediator between the two countries, whose common border closed since 1977. Zambia would also benefit from a reopened frontier providing another outlet for her goods. But Doctor Obote's immediate concern is to rebuild the once-flourishing Ugandan economy, wrecked by Idi Amin.