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    FEDERAL NIGERIA HAS OFFERED TO START UNCONDITIONAL PEACE TALKS WITH BIAFRA, NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, BY I MAY.

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    TRANSCRIPT: ARIKPO: "THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT ARE PREPARED TO EMBARK ON TALKS WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL AS SOON AS THE OTHER SIDE ARE READY. THIS SHOULD BE POSSIBLE BY THE 1ST OF MAY AT THE LATEST. WE WILL WANT TO GET ON WITH THE TALKS. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO THEM TO HEAR FROM THEM ALONG WHAT LIENS PEACE CAN RETURN TO OUR BELOVED COUNTRY. WE HAVE TERMS AND SUGGESTIONS OF OUR OWN AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THEIR VIEWS SO THAT A MUTUALLY AGREED PROGRAMME OF RECONSTRUCTION CAN BE UNDERTAKEN."



    NEWSMEN INTO ROOM; ARIKPO SPEAKING (SOF).




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    Background: FEDERAL NIGERIA HAS OFFERED TO START UNCONDITIONAL PEACE TALKS WITH BIAFRA, NIGERIA'S BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION, BY I MAY.

    DR. OKOI ARIKPO, FEDERAL EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER, TOLD NEWSMEN AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY): "THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT ARE PREPARED TO EMBARK ON TALKS WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL AS SOON AS THE OTHER SIDE ARE READY. THIS SHOULD BE POSSIBLE BY 1 MAY AT THE LATEST."
    DR ARIKPO, WHO CONFERRED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON, SAID HE HAD MADE THIS CLEAR TO THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY-GENERAL ARNOLD SMITH.

    HE TOLD THE NEWSMEN:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2I9HILYYCLI8H54V7WHZ1C0BM
    Media URN:
    VLVA2I9HILYYCLI8H54V7WHZ1C0BM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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