Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #474) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #474)
Transcript: when I realised that he followed political events in South Africa quite closely and it was clear in which direction his sympathies lay.
The day we arrived he introduced us to Dr. El Khatib, Minister of State of African Affairs, and like President Bourgiba, responded immediately to our requirements. But he told us that he was going to France the following day to fetch Ben Bella, who was treacherously trapped by the French in 1956 (?). The OAS (find full title) was still highly active at the time and he warned that the task would be a top security one and that he might be away for a week or more. He also indicated that he would like us to see Ben Bella before we leave Morocco and invited us to stay until his return, a request which Jacques strongly supported.
The armed struggle had already started in Angola and Mario gave us a detailed review of the situation in his country stressing the point that at that time Roberto Holden's UPA had a far larger army than the MPLA and that the former were waging the main struggle against the enemy. But he was confident that the MPLA army, some of whose units were being trained in Morocco and Tunisia would ultimately outstrip the UPA in numbers and fire power. It seemed clear to me that the MPLA was our logical ally in Angola for their policy was in essential respects similar to ours whilst that of the UPA was identical with that of the PAC.
Frelimo was not yet established but preparations were already being made to unite the freedom organisations of Mozambique into one front as a prelude to the launching of armed operations.
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