During the opening of German-Africa Week in Bonn, Oct 21, West German Vice-Chancellor Dr. Erhard,?
During the opening of German-Africa Week in Bonn, Oct 21, West German Vice-Chancellor Dr. Erhard, was interrupted in the middle of his opening speech by the Russian Ambassador Smirnov. Ambassador Smirnov was led out of Beethoven Hall by officials when he attacked Dr. Erhard for saying Soviet imperialism was "the worst colonialism. Shouts of "get out" and booing greeted the outburst.
Organised by the German Africa Society the meeting was attended by delegates from African countries as well as German officials. Premier of the Cameroons Charles Assale was among the African leaders who addressed the gathering. Another was Togo President Save de Tove.
When Ambassador Smirnov interrupted the proceedings Dr. Erhart was nearing the end of his speech in which the main theme was aid for under-developed countries. The West German Government had expressed "regret" over the incident.
After the meeting Premier Assale drove to Dr. Adenauer's residence where the two leaders had a short talk.