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    FIVE NEW AMBASSADORS TO CONGO-KINSHASA PRESENTED THEIR CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU LAST FRIDAY (JUNE 21).

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    FIVE NEW AMBASSADORS TO CONGO-KINSHASA PRESENTED THEIR CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU LAST FRIDAY (JUNE 21). THE AMBASSADORS WERE FROM JAPAN, KENYA, TANZANIA, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE SOVIET UNION.

    THE KENYAN AMBASSADOR, MR FARID HINAWAY, IS HIS COUNTRY'S FIRST TO CONGO-KINSHASA. THE OTHERS ARE MR YASU YANO, JAPAN; MR CARL VAN BAARDA, THE NETHERLANDS; MR ACHMED DIRIA HASSAN, TANZANIA; AND MR IGOR USACHEV, OF THE SOVIET UNION.

    MR USACHEV IS THE SOVIET UNION'S FIRST AMBASSADOR SINCE 1963, WHEN RELATIONS WERE SUSPENDED UNDER THE GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER CYRIL ADOULA. THE CONGOLESE AUTHORITIES ACCUSED RUSSIA OF HELPING REBELLION MOVEMENTS IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL CONGO REGIONS.

    IN HIS SPEECH, PRESIDENT MOBUTU SAID AFRICAN COUNTRIES COULD NOT FEEL SECURE AS LONG AS SOME AFRICANS WERE STILL UNDER COLONIAL DOMINATION AND ADDED THAT THE TIME HAD COME TO REVISE THE METHODS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COLONIALISM IN AFRICA. MR HINAWAY PRAISED THE POLITICAL COURAGE OF PRESIDENT MOBUTU AND SAID KENYA AND THE CONGO SHARED THE SAME PAN-AFRICAN IDEAL OF BRINGING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROGRESS TO THEIR PEOPLE.

    MR ACHMED DIRIA HASSAN, OF TANZANIA, SAID NO COUNTRY HAD SUFFERED AS MUCH AS THE CONGO FROM WHAT HE CALLED THE SCOURGE OF COLONIALISM, ADDING THAT THE RECENT INAUGURATION OF THE UNION OF CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES WAS A SIGNIFICANT STEP IN REGIONAL CO-OPERATION.

    MR USACHEV SPOKE OF HIS COUNTRY'S RESPECT FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY OF EACH COUNTRY AND THE PRINCIPLE OF NON-INTERVENTION IN ANOTHER COUNTRY'S AFFAIRS. PRESIDENT MOBUTU SAID THERE WAS A PROFOUND SIGNIFICANCE IN THE RETURN OF A SOVIET AMBASSADOR AND ADDED THAT HE HOPED TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WOULD BE INTENSIFIED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA25I1O1K9K3S4OGF1YUXR590O6
    Media URN:
    VLVA25I1O1K9K3S4OGF1YUXR590O6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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