• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT BONGO OF GABON LANDED AT BRAZZAVILLE AIRPORT LAST WEDNESDAY (4 FEBRUARY). AT THE START?

  • Description

    PRESIDENT BONGO OF GABON LANDED AT BRAZZAVILLE AIRPORT LAST WEDNESDAY (4 FEBRUARY). AT THE START OF HIS BRIEF VISIT HE WAS GREETED BY PRESIDENT MARIEN-NGOUABI OF CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE.

    IN THE SPEECHES THEY EXCHANGED AT THE AIRPORT, THE TWO PRESIDENTS EXPRESSED THEIR DESIRE TO OVERCOME PAST DISAGREEMENTS AND TO HASTEN A PEACEFUL SOLUTION OF OUTSTANDING AFRICAN PROBLEMS, - NOTABLY THE DIFFERENCE IN ATTITUDES TO NIGERIA, AND THE DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE AND CONGO-KINSHASA.

    PRESIDENT BONGO WAS ON HIS WAY HOME FROM THE OCAMM SUMMIT CONFERENCE IN YAOUNDE. BEFORE FLYING TO BRAZZAVILLE, HE HAD VISITED THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. HE DECLARED ON ARRIVAL THAT HE HAD BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH A SPECIAL MESSAGE BY HIS CENTRAL AFRICAN HOSTS WHICH, HE FELT SURE, WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO AN EARLY RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE TWO CONGOS. BOTH PRESIDENTS EXPRESSED UNDERSTANDING FOR THEIR COUNTRIES' DIFFERENT ATTITUDES IN THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR. (GABON RECOGNISED BIAFRA, WHILE CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE SUPPORTED THE LAGOS GOVERNMENT.) BOTH ALSO EXPRESSED THEIR DESIRE TO BRING ABOUT A LASTING PEACE THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AFRICA.

    A LARGE CROWD WAS AT THE AIRPORT TO GIVE THE VISITING PRESIDENT AN ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION. THERE WERE MORE CROWDS ALONG THE ROUTE WHEN HE DROVE WITH HIS HOST THROUGH THE CENTRE OF BRAZZAVILLE DIRECTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL.

    THE TWO PRESIDENTS WERE DUE TO HOLD CONSULTATIONS ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS BEFORE PRESIDENT BONGO'S RETURN TO LIBREVILLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA30B8LH4KADIPZYR138C84GDRR
    Media URN:
    VLVA30B8LH4KADIPZYR138C84GDRR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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