The coup in Portugal provided Savimbi with the welcome opportunity to increase his influence among the plentiful Ovimbundu people living on the southern highlands, without military action. He had also seen opportunity in a ceasefire.
Through the mediation of a priest, Father Antonio de Aranjo Olivera, he met with the local Portuguese authority on 14 June 1974 and came to an agreement with the local commander, Lt-Col. Ramos.
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