President Kenyatta opened a summit meeting of the Angolan nationalist leaders in Nakuru, Kenya, on Monday (16 June) with an appeal for the three rival liberation movements to order an immediate ceasefire to halt bloodshed in the territory.
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KENYATTA: On behalf of the people of Kenya, my Government and my own self, I once ore welcome you to Kenya. Let me assure you that you are always welcome to Kenya and you should feel completely at home. Six months ago you met at our coastal town in Mombasa. The result of your deliberations in Mombasa gave great joy and jubilation not only to the people of Angola but also to the entire continent of Africa. From my experience as a fellow freedom fighter I observe that some of the crucial problems facing you are,one, ideological differences. As you are aware many of our enemies use foreign ideology to divide us. Some will even tell you that there are international commitments to certain causes. Dear brothers there is only one commitment for you, that is Angola first."
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Background: President Kenyatta opened a summit meeting of the Angolan nationalist leaders in Nakuru, Kenya, on Monday (16 June) with an appeal for the three rival liberation movements to order an immediate ceasefire to halt bloodshed in the territory.
At this State House, the Kenyan President urged the three leaders to return to the spirit of unity which they achieved in their meeting in Mombasa in January also under his chairmanship. He also called on them to unify their armed forces.
President Kenyatta held a one-hour private talk with the three leaders -- Mr. Holden Roberto of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (F.N.L.A.), Dr. Agostinho Neto of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.), and Dr. Jonas Savimbi of the National Union for Total Independence (U.N.I.T.A.) -- before he formally opened the summit meeting.
He told them that the unity achieved at their previous meeting in Mombasa had pleased the entire African continent--but not Africa's enemies who were exploiting the situation in Angola. More than a thousand people have been killed in recent fighting there between the three factions.
The summit was delayed for 24 hours when Dr. Neto of the Marxist-orientated M.P.L.A. failed to arrive on time. Dr. Neto later said confident civil war in Angola could be averted.
The meeting, expected to last four to five days, is aimed at resolving the leaders' differences before their territory attains independence from Portugal on November 14.