• Short Summary

    MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION TO THE PEACE TALKS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND BIAFRA - THE FEDERATION'S BREAK-AWAY EASTERN REGION - PREPARE TO LEAVE LAGOS AIRPORT FOR KAMPALA, UGANDA, WHERE THE TALKS ARE BEING HELD.

  • Description

    MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION TO THE PEACE TALKS BETWEEN NIGERIA AND BIAFRA - THE FEDERATION'S BREAK-AWAY EASTERN REGION - PREPARE TO LEAVE LAGOS AIRPORT FOR KAMPALA, UGANDA, WHERE THE TALKS ARE BEING HELD. THE TWO SIDES SPEND FIVE HOURS IN PRIVATE SESSION TODAY (THURSDAY) GRAPPLING WITH PROCEDURAL PROBLEMS, AND WILL MEET AGAIN TOMORROW (FRIDAY). THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR BEGAN ELEVEN MONTHS AGO -ONE MONTH AFTER BIAFRA ANNOUNCED ITS SECESSION FROM THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION.

    LEADING THE NIGERIAN DELEGATION IS CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO, WHO IS ALSO HIS COUNTRY'S INFORMATION COMMISSIONER. THE LEADERS OF BOTH SIDES AGREED TODAY (THURSDAY) ON THE NEED FOR A CEASEFIRE, BUT DIFFERED ON ITS TIMING. CHIEF ENAHORO SAID IT WAS "RUNNING AWAY FROM THE PROBLEM" TO SUGGEST A CEASEFIRE BEFORE DISCUSSIONS OF THE CONDITIONS FOR AN END TO HOSTILITIES. CHIEF ENAHORO SAID: "WE CANNOT STOP THE WAR WITHOUT DISCUSSING THE GREAT ISSUES OVER WHICH WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING". THE BIAFRANS, ON THE OTHER HAND, WANT AN IMMEDIATE CESSATION OF THE FIGHTING AS THE FIRST STEP TO PEACE.

    THE TWO SIDES ALSO DIFFERED TODAY (THURSDAY) ON WHETHER OR NOT THERE SHOULD BE A CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, AND ALSO THE QUESTION OF OBSERVERS. BIAFRA WANTS PRESIDENT MILTON OBOTE OF UGANDA TO CHAIR THE TALKS AND ALSO FOREIGN OBSERVERS. NIGERIA IS AGAINST BOTH SUGGESTIONS. THE MEETING IS BEING HELD HERE IN THE CONFERENCE HALL OF THE UGANDA PARLIAMENT.

    AS THE TWO SIDES CAME TO THE CONFERENCE TABLE, AFTER MONTHS OF URGING BY OTHER AFRICAN STATES, NIGERIA COULD CLAIM TO HAVE CAPTURED PRACTICALLY ALL THE MAIN BIAFRAN CENTRES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4H2MT246YMSR40QMDTA0L232X
    Media URN:
    VLVA4H2MT246YMSR40QMDTA0L232X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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