by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 26, 1975
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
8 pages
Type: Report
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
Report on a trip to Angola. Houser says he has visited Angola before, first in 1954 for two weeks and then in January 1962 when he visited the liberated area in the north less than a year after the armed struggle began. Houser discusses FNLA, MPLA and UNITA and the role of Portugal in the transition. Houser says he had many discussions with leaders including Agostinho Neto (President of the MPLA), Lucio Lara (head of MPLA office in Luanda), Saydi Mingas (Minister of Finance & Planning), Jose N'Dele (the UNITA representative on the Presidential Council), Jeremias Chitunda (Minister of Natural Resources), Jorge Valentim (head of UNITA office in Lobito), Eliseu Chimbili (assistant head of the UNITA office in Luanda), Johnny Eduardo (FNLA representative on Presidential Council), Hendrick Vaal Neto (Secretary of State for Information), and Paul Touba (assistant to Johnny Eduardo). Houser says he talked with Bishop Amilio de Carvalho, the Methodist Bishop in Luanda. Houser says Jonas Savimbi, President of UNITA, was traveling in Zambia while he was in Angola and that Holden Roberto, President of FNLA, is still in Kinshasa, Zaire, and has not as yet gone to Angola. Houser says peace and order in Angola depend upon the preservation of an uneasy coalition. Houser discusses the transitional government and the Presidential Council. Houser says the liberation movements have never had a good working relationship with one another over 15 years or more. Houser discusses Cabinda and FLEC. • First Impressions • The Present Coalition • Can the Coalition Last?
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive