• Short Summary

    A heavy security guard was on hand when a fact-finding mission from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) arrived in Djibouti, capital of the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas on Friday (30 April).

  • Description

    A heavy security guard was on hand when a fact-finding mission from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) arrived in Djibouti, capital of the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas on Friday (30 April).

    The eight-man team were to discuss the territory's independence, with several rival groups within the country.

    Heavily armed troops provided constant protection for the mission during its visit. At several points thousands of rival supporters lined the route. France plans to give independence to the Territory at a still unspecified date. During its tour of the region, the OAU mission also had talks with the neighbouring Somalie Government, which has claims on the area, and with the Front for the Liberation of the Somali Coast (FLCS). which is campaigning for the French to leave the territory. It was the Front which earlier this year kidnapped a bus-load of French schoolchildren as part of its campaign.

    The mission made no statement on arrival but it is understood to have visited the site on the border where the kidnapped children were held hostage.

    Meanwhile the French, conscious of the strategic importance of the Territory, have increased their use of the port facilities at Djibouti for major units of their recently reinforced Indian Ocean fleet. France plans to retain naval facilities at Djibouti after independence.

    Djibouti also has increased in commercial importance since the reopening of the Suez Canal. As well as being the principal port for Ethiopia, Saudi arabia has also started using storage facilities in Djibouti for its exports of crude oil.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA20VZLIWISMP8BZK1LCW0G05YL
    Media URN:
    VLVA20VZLIWISMP8BZK1LCW0G05YL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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