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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th May 1978.

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Photo of Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Devonport 12:00 am, 16th May 1978

As my hon. Friend knows, the root of this problem goes way back to the whole question of Katanga. There are, and have been for a number of years, Katangese who have been allowed to stay in Angola. There is no evidence that the movement is backed by anyone other than them at present, but it would be idle to pretend that there is not the possible danger of their being supported by other forces. This is something we want to watch very closely to make sure that it does not escalate into a very serious arms struggle—which it could do.