• Short Summary

    LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU HAS AGAIN REJECTED AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER FOR TALKS ON THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR.

  • Description

    LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU HAS AGAIN REJECTED AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER FOR TALKS ON THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR. A STATEMENT FROM BIAFRAN RADIO TONIGHT (TUESDAY) SAID THAT BECAUSE BIAFRA WAS BLOCKADED BY FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES, THE BRITISH LEADER WAS IN A BETTER POSITION TO FLY INTO BIAFRA THAN COLONEL OJUKWU WAS TO FLY OUT. MR. WILSON HAS SUGGESTED NINE ALTERNATIVE MEETING PLACES, BUT HAS RULED OUT A MEETING IN BIAFRA.

    THE CIVIL WAR IS IN ITS 20TH MONTH, AND PREVIOUS TALKS BETWEEN THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE BIAFRAN REGIME HAVE ALWAYS FOUNDERED ON THE QUESTION OF RECOGNITION OF THE BREAKAWAY STATE. THE BIAFRANS INSIST THAT THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES IT AS A SOVEREIGN STATE BEFORE TALKS CAN BEGIN. FOR ITS PART, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THE BIAFRANS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR MEMBERSHIP OF THE FEDERAL AS A PRELIMINARY TO SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS.

    MR. WILSON SUGGESTED A MEETING WITH THE SELF-STYLED BIAFRAN HEAD OF STATE, COLONEL OJUKWU, BECAUSE, IN HIS WORDS, "I THOUGHT IT WOULD USEFUL FOR ME TO HEAR AT FIRST HAND HIS ACCOUNT OF HIS POSITION AND TO PUT CERTAIN QUESTIONS TO HIM."
    THE FOREIGN OFFICE IN LONDON HAS RE-ITERATED THAT MR. WILSON'S OFFER TO MEET COLONEL OJUKWU REMAINS OPEN.

    MR. WILSON TOURED WAR RAVAGED AREAS IN NIGERIA, INCLUDING PORT HARCOURT, BEFORE FLYING TO ADDIS ABABA FOR TALKS WITH EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISATION FOR AFRICAN UNITY'S CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON NIGERIA.

    WHEN MR. WILSON VISITED PORT HARCOURT, HE WAS MET BY THE MILITARY GOVERNOR LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER DIETTE SPIFF, AND THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING THE THIRD MARINE COMMANDO DIVISION, COLONEL BENJAMIN ADEKUNLE. THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO NIGERIA, SIR DAVID HUNT, WAS ALSO PRESENT.

    AT THE CALABAR SPORTS STADIUM, MR. WILSON WAS GIVEN A CEREMONIAL ELEPHANT TUSK. HE WAS OFFICIALLY WELCOMED BY THE MILITARY GOVERNOR SOF BEGINS:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FK1VD61ZRSPZ3O9VEEFE2UPK
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FK1VD61ZRSPZ3O9VEEFE2UPK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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