The leader of the rebel guerrilla group, the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola, Jonas Savimbi, called on western countries to identify themselves with his forces in their struggle against the marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
SV & CU UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi speaking in English (3 shots)
SAVIMBI: "The situation today in the areas of UNITA, we can divide it in three parts. We have parts where really we have stabilised the situation, where out people are cultivating. We have some clinics, we have some schools, and the people are living quite a normal life. The second part is where the confrontations with the Cubans and the MPLA are frequent. And we have the third part where we continue to expand. But we can say that we have made tremendous progress, because now we have a real army, which we can call an army, because they are trained and they are very well equipped, from the aid that we are receiving from our friends aboard. Some friends in Africa, some friends among Arab countries. Also we think problems of equipment has been the obstacle in the past, which it's not today. Even in our techniques, we are now training our guerrillas, some of them are already trained in the form of the Kuwait army-warfare. We think also in this sort of message that the western countries should think about our battle, because the battle we are fighting here is not only for Angolans and a battle for the southern countries, southern Africa, but also for the western countries. Because we think that if the Russians -- they take over Africa, they will control the source of minerals, and they will also control the routes of oil like the Cape. That's why we feel very much that this time the western countries should identify themselves with our struggle, so we can meet the Russians where (indistinct) in Angola. The morale of the Cubans is very low, and if we succeeded to do what we have done with very little resources and with little means, we think that if we could benefit from the western countries like their moral and material support, it would just do much more and it would finish our battle much quicker than we started to do. The offensives, the MPLA Cubans, and even now we are expecting one, we think that within 15 days offensive, but we are used to it. They use Migs, they use helicopters, they use tanks,
but after some time that offensive really has to be abated and they will regain again the initiative, and we will fight back."
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Background: The leader of the rebel guerrilla group, the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola, Jonas Savimbi, called on western countries to identify themselves with his forces in their struggle against the marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Three years ago, the MPLA seized power in Angola after a bloody civil war. Since then UNITA forces have been fighting against President Neto's MPLA government. Dr. Savimbi said UNITA had made great progress against the MPLA and what he sees as the Soviet threat to gain control of southern Africa.