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    TWO BRITISH LABOUR PARLIAMENTARIANS, LORD FENNER BROCKWAY AND MR. JAMES GRIFFITHS, LAST WEEK VISITED THE?

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    TWO BRITISH LABOUR PARLIAMENTARIANS, LORD FENNER BROCKWAY AND MR. JAMES GRIFFITHS, LAST WEEK VISITED THE BELEAGUERED TOWN OF UMUAHIA IN THE EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA (BIAFRA) AND MET THE BIAFRAN LEADER COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU. THEY ALSO WITNESSED A DEMONSTRATION BY A CROWD OF 10,000 AGAINST CONTINUED BRITISH SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL NIGERIA.

    THE PARLIAMENTARIANS, WHO WERE ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO BIAFRA, WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A MEETING WITH COLONEL OJUKWU PERSONAL ADVISOR, DR. FRANCIS IBIAM, WHEN THE DEMONSTRATORS STARTED TO BURN EFFIGIES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH AND BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON.

    IN LAGOS ON TUESDAY (DECEMBER 10) LORD SHEPHERD MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, WHO IS ON HIS THIRD VISIT TO FEDERAL NIGERIA THIS YEAR, SAID IT WOULD BE BRITAIN'S DUTY TO DO ANYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP END THE CIVIL WAR.

    HOWEVER, IN UMUAHIA TODAY (THURSDAY) BIAFRA'S COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION, DR. EFEGWU EKE, REJECTED ANY PEACE MOVES THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MIGHT MAKE TO END THE CONFLICT. HE TOLD NEWSMEN RELATIONS BETWEEN MR. WILSON AND BIAFRA WERE LIKE THOSE BETWEEN AN ASSASSIN AND HIS VICTIM. HE SAID MR. WILSON COULD NOT BE SERIOUS IN HIS NEW PEACE MOVES WHILE BRITISH MILITARY SUPPLIES AND PERSONNEL WERE STILL BEING SENT TO FEDERAL NIGERIA.

    AND IN LONDON TONIGHT, MR. WILSON'S LABOUR PARTY TRIUMPHED IN PARLIAMENT AFTER FIGHTING A TWO-WAY BATTLE WITH CRITICS OF ITS POLICIES ON THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR. A THREATENED LARGE-SCALE REVOLT BY LABOUR BACKBENCHERS AGAINST BRITAIN'S ARMS EXPORTS TO FEDERAL NIGERIA FAILED TO MATERIALISE. ONLY 20 MEMBERS REBELLED BY ABSTAINING FROM VOTING IN THE ONE-DAY FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEBATE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4VV6XQKNYZOMZ79AYT3DJMIQV
    Media URN:
    VLVA4VV6XQKNYZOMZ79AYT3DJMIQV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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