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    THE BORDER BETWEEN GHANA AND TOGO HAS BEEN RE-OPENED. IT WAS CLOSED THREE YEARS AGO?

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    THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY, AT WHICH GHANA WAS REPRESENTED BY MR. J.W.K. HARLEY, CHIEF OF POLICE AND A VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL, AND TOGO BY VICE-PRESIDENT MEATCHI. THERE'S A GUARD-OF-HONOUR FROM BOTH COUNTRIES AND CEREMONY ENDS WITH A MILITARY PARADE.




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    Background: THE BORDER BETWEEN GHANA AND TOGO HAS BEEN RE-OPENED. IT WAS CLOSED THREE YEARS AGO BY THE DEPOSED PRESIDENT NKRUMAH FOLLOWING DIFFERENCES WITH THE TOGOLESE GOVERNMENT. THE FRONTIER WAS RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON APRIL 23, BUT THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY WAS ON SATURDAY.

    THE DECISION TO RE-OPEN THE BORDER CAME AFTER A RECENT MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEW GHANAIAN REGIME, TOGO, UPPER VOLTA AND THE IVORY COAST OF NORMALISATION OF THEIR FRONTIER RELATIONS.

    NOW THE BARBED-WIRE HAS BEEN RIPPED DOWN AND REPLACED BY A SMART BORDER POST. THERE ARE THE NORMAL FORMALITIES, SUCH AS PASSPORT EXAMINATION AND CUSTOMS DECLARATION, BUT GHANAIANS NO LONGER NEED EXIT PERMITS. TOGO'S CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICER SAID CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WOULD KEEP DELAYS TO PEOPLE AND VEHICLE TRAFFIC TO A MINIMUM.

    MR. HARLEY AND VICE-PRESIDENT MEATCHI BOTH WELCOMED THE RE-OPENING. MR. HARLEY DESCRIBED DR. NKRUMAH, WHO HAD SEALED OFF THE FRONTIER THREE YEARS AGO, AS A TYRANT AND AFRICA'S NUMBER ONE DICTATOR.

    THE BORDER RE-OPENING MEANS NOT ONLY A RETURN TO NORMAL IN RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES BUT ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO BE RE-UNITED WITH RELATIVES WHO LIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE. AND FOR ONE FARMER, IT MEANS HE CAN RETURN TO WORK. HE LIVES IN GHANA, BUT HIS FARM IS IN TOGO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA37RSNKKUZ63R8UXTQMCFSJ5Z4
    Media URN:
    VLVA37RSNKKUZ63R8UXTQMCFSJ5Z4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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