Mandela Arrives in Uganda to Tumultuous Welcome
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) _ Nelson Mandela, nearing the end of his six-week tour of Europe, the United States and Africa, arrived in Uganda on Thursday to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of Ugandans, including most politicians.
Mandela, coming from London where he pressed for continued economic sanctions against South Africa, landed shortly before noon at Entebbe airport. He was greeted by President Yoweri Museveni, Cabinet ministers, diplomats, dancers and musicians.
Mandela, accompanied by his wife, Winnie, inspected a military honor guard, but did not give a speech.
Thousands of Ugandans jammed the airport and many more lined the 21-mile route that Mandela took to the capital, Kampala, in an attempt to get a glimpse of Africa’s best known former political prisoner.
Mandela, the deputy president of the African National Congress, is scheduled to leave Uganda on Sunday for the annual summit meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Ethiopia.
On Wednesday, Mandela met with Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The two failed to resolve differences over sanctions and the use of violence.
Unlike most other leaders on Mandela’s world tour, Mrs. Thatcher openly opposes sanctions and wants those imposed by the European Economic Community relaxed as a reward for South African President F.W. de Klerk’s reform program.
Like President Bush, who Mandela met in Washington, Mrs. Thatcher also wants the ANC to renounce its armed struggle against the white minority government.
Mandela has insisted that the sanctions remain in place to keep pressure on South Africa’s government to dismantle the apartheid system of racial discrimination. He has also said the ANC cannot renounce its armed struggle until blacks are guaranteed political rights.