• Short Summary

    THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) FORMALLY ESTABLISHING NIGERIA AS AN ASSOCIATE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

  • Description

    THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) FORMALLY ESTABLISHING NIGERIA AS AN ASSOCIATE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

    NIGERIA BECOMES THE 19TH AND BIGGEST AFRICAN COUNTRY AND THE FIRST ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMONWEALTH COUNTRY TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

    NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN THREE YEARS AGO SOON AFTER THE SIGNING OF A SIMILAR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EEC AND THE 18 AFRICAN AND MALAGASY COUNTRIES. THE AGREEMENT MEANS NIGERIA'S EXPORTS TO THE COMMUNITY WILL BE DUTY-FREE, WITH QUOTAS FIXED FOR THE MAIN ONES -- GROUND-NUT OIL, PALM-OIL AND PLYWOOD. IN RETURN NIGERIA WILL GRANT TARIFF PREFERENCES ON 26 MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS OF THE COMMON MARKET.

    AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY BRIGADIER B.A. OGUNDIPE, NIGERIA'S CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMED FORCES, SAID THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SIX EEC COUNTRIES IN ESTABLISHING THE COMMUNITY HAD BEEN A LESSON AND AN EXAMPLE WHICH DEMONSTRATED THE IRRELEVANCE OF POLITICAL BOUNDARIES. HE SAID THE CONVENTION NOW BEING SIGNED SIMILARLY PROVIDED FOR THE PROMOTION OF INTER--AFRICAN ??? CO-OPERATION.

    DOCTOR JOSEPH LUNS, THE DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER AND PRESIDENT OF THE EEC MINISTERIAL COUNCIL SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY. HE SAID THE TALKS LEADING TO THE AGREEMENT HAD "BRISTLED WITH DIFFICULTIES." THE FACT THAT THEY WERE OVERCOME WAS PROOF THAT FORMULAE COULD BE FOUND FOR RECONCILING THE INTERESTS OF AFRICAN COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES WITH THOSE OF COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE MAINTAINED ASSOCIATION RELATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZGRTAYLMU82QLLXXCZD4F7KG
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZGRTAYLMU82QLLXXCZD4F7KG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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