PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S RENEWED EXPRESSION OF CONCERN OVER THE LACK OF U. S. GOVERNM

Created: 7/14/1975

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SUBJECT: President.enewed Expression of Concern Over the Lack. Government Support to the FN LA.

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1. July Zatrian President Mobutu Sese Seko again conveyed--through an emissary--his

sr the lack. Goverat

support" to tne wationai Front for" "the Liberation of Angola. (FNLA). Mobutu said that dcspfEc Ambassadorprom: I to obtain further aid foro coming to balance recent Soviet assistance to the Popular Moye-1 ngol"FN LA official now in Kinshasa told Mobutuhe had spoken with. Consul General In Luanda who said that there is no possibility. aid to the FNLA because. domestic opinion resulting from our experience in South Vietnam.

assured Mobutu's emissary that.

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Governmentery concerned about the Angolan situation. He stressed that Ambassador Vance attributed, greatout_added__that the Ambassador had not promised tot only to urge Washingtonaid be

jfurther stressod that otticiais at the highest leVel areowing the situation closely.

3. In discussing che current situation in Angola, Mobutu emissary said the lairlan Government is providing its own militaryo -thecXuding supplies provided byew Zairian Army division, but thisonsiderable sacrifice which weakens the security of Zaire.

""indicate that

Luanda and presumably using the

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LA is on tne verge or losing its position mayesperate counterattack, Zairian-supplied munitions. As Luanda reporting plete FNLA withdrawal from Luanda will give theecisivi political advantage.)

mr ^Uon had gone to the FNLA base at Kinkuzu in southern Zaire, also been recalled to Kinshasa to meet with Mobutu.

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MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: President Mobutu's Concern Over Lack. Government Support to Holden Roberto.

1. Onuly Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko informed

Ithrough an intermediary that he has

sonamat the Soviets are continuing to pourMovement for .the Liberation of Angola

rough the Congo and that such shipments during the

ncludedissiles. According to the intermediary, Mobutu said this presents an "extremely grave situation for Holden Roberto, leader of the National Front for the Tiberation ot Angola He said MO.hu.tii_cannot under-stand the failure of. Government to take any action. Thea'ilitary mission to 2alre--adiirUledly-jtot to discuss Angola--and Mobutu has urged our assistance on many occasions, including during discussions with Ambassador Vance. Yet, while the Soviets continue to assist the MP I, A, neither Zaire nor Roberto has received "even one cartridge" from. Government.

In response to the foregoing, formed the intermediary that the provision ot aid is Deing seriously considered by. Government but no decision has yet been reached. He promised to report to Washington again on the urgency of the situation.

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