The ruling Ivory Coast Democratic Party began its Fifth Party Congress in Abidjan on Thursday (October 29).
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SV President Diori arriving.
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LV ZOOM INTO CU President Diori speaking.
SEQ. 9: COULIBALY: "Five years ago the first Congress of the first convention of the Ivory Coast Democratic Party had taken place under the sign of national unity. On this day attentive observers can see that in the Ivory Coast tribalism has been replaced by harmonious co-habitation day-by-day and reciprocal under-standing. It was a necessary beginning to the process of consolidating our national survival. The Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast wants to pursue until the end their objective which it has assigned itself within the African democratic grouping. It wants to lead the Ivory Coast to economic independence and make the Ivory Coast citizens the equal of the citizen of the happiest countries in the world. Therefore, union, discipline and work are the words of strength the which we want the full development of our land, our minds, our industry and our waterways."
President Diori said:
SEQ. 11: DIORI: "The Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast has made its fine country the land of fraternity because it is, itself, and will remain in history, the purest image of fraternity. To the militants of the great and glorious Party of the Ivory Coast Democratic Party I bring on behalf of the its highest leadership the brotherly greeting of the Niger Progressive Party section of the African Democratic grouping.
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Background: The ruling Ivory Coast Democratic Party began its Fifth Party Congress in Abidjan on Thursday (October 29). Several important foreign observers, including Niger's President Hamani Diori, were present.
President Diori, addressing the assembly, suggested a meeting of all sections of the African Democratic Movement (RDA). The purpose of the meeting would be to find a common strategy in economic and social development, he said.
Observers from Ghana, Liberia, Tunisia, Congo-Kinshasa, Malagasy, Cameroun, Senegal and the Central African Republic, were present to hear the Niger President put forward his suggestions.
They also heard President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast say that his country and Guinea would normalise their diplomatic relations before the end of the year.
Since 1965 relations between the two countries have deteriorated, leading Guinea to recall its Ambassador and close the offices of Air Guinea in Abidjan.
M. Mamadou Coulibaly, President of the Ivory Coast Economic and Social Council, welcoming the foreign observers in an opening address said:
President Diori also addressed the assembly, praising the work of the Democratic Party and its achievements.