President Mathicu Kerekou of the Benin Republic -- formerly Dehomey -- and President Gnassingbe Eyadema of neighbouring Togo have pledged to support African Liberation movements.
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SCJ President Kerekou of Benin Republic signing
SCU Communique being exchanged while ministers applaud
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Background: President Mathicu Kerekou of the Benin Republic -- formerly Dehomey -- and President Gnassingbe Eyadema of neighbouring Togo have pledged to support African Liberation movements.
SYNOPSIS: The two leaders made their pledge in a joint communique signed and issued at the end of President Kerekou's two-day visit to Togo. In the communique they condemned what they called 'the perfidious manoeuvres of imperialism in trying to halt the progress of peoples towards liberation'. They urged 'peace-loving nations to continue the struggles against apartheid and racism'. The by-products of imperialism, they said, were 'colonialism, neo-colonialism and racism that uses violence to try and break and destroy the people's liberating surge'.
On bilateral relations, the two leaders said that they would do all they could to 'maintain an atmosphere of understanding and peace' between their countries, and ensure that past good -relations would continue for all time.
President Kerekou left in the same colourful manner in which he had arrived. The Two nations, both formerly part of France's African empire, have traditionally maintained good relations. They both became independent within a few months of each other in 1960, the year in which France liberated most of its former African colonies.