• Short Summary

    THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE POLITICAL MOVEMENT CALLED THE "UNION FOR THE RENEWAL OF DAHOMEY" (URD) OPENED AT COTONOU ON FRIDAY (2 MAY).

  • Description

    THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE POLITICAL MOVEMENT CALLED THE "UNION FOR THE RENEWAL OF DAHOMEY" (URD) OPENED AT COTONOU ON FRIDAY (2 MAY). THE MOVEMENT, WHOSE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SPONSOR IS BY OBSERVERS AS LIKELY TO BECOME A MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY.

    AMONG THE FIRST TO SPEAK AT THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE WAS MINISTER OF JUSTICE ISSAKA DANGOU WHO ADDRESSED THE LARGE GATHERING OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS; DELEGATES FROM EVERY REGION AND GROUP IN THE COUNTRY; DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER NATIONS; AND Specially-INVITED OBSERVERS.

    THE CONFERENCE WAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED OPEN BY FOREIGN MINISTER, DR. DAOUDA BADAROU, WHO IS ALSO JOINT GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE URD. IN HIS SPEECH HE POINTED OUT THAT THEY NEW MOVEMENT'S PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE WAS TO STUDY THE COUNTRY'S PROBLEMS AND LOOK FOR THE BEST SOLUTIONS FOR THEM.

    THE MAIN SPEAKER OF THE DAY WAS PRESIDENT ZINSOU. HE DECLARED THAT THE CONFERENCE WAS A MEETING FOR REFLECTION AND FOR THOUGHT BECAUSE "DAHOMEY WANTS TO BE REBORN AND WE ARE HERE TO SEARCH TOGETHER FOR WAYS AND MEANS TO REACH THIS." HE ADDED THAT DAHOMEY WISHED TO REACH ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE AND BY HER OWN MEANS. HE SAID THAT THE COUNTRY WAS NOT CARRIED AWAY IN A DELIRIUM OF NATIONALISATION AND HE PRAISED THE LOCAL UNIONS FOR ABSTAINING FROM HOSTILE ACTION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT ON THE PREVIOUS DAY - MAY DAY. HE ALSO PAID HOMAGE TO GENERAL DE GAULLE.

    ALTHOUGH OBSERVERS FEEL THAT THE URD MAY BECOME A MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY, THE CONFERENCE MADE A POINT OF DECLARING THAT IT WAS NOT ONE, BUT PREFERRED TO BE KNOWN AS "A MOVEMENT WIDELY OPEN TO ALL MEN OF GOOD WILL."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1P3H5RJWO55VVLY7JP8XWUZKJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1P3H5RJWO55VVLY7JP8XWUZKJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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