• Short Summary

    THIS SPECIAL SITUATION REPORT WAS FILMED IN THE SUDAN LAST WEEKEND (11 - 12 DECEMBER 1964) BY VISNEWS CAMERAMEN WILLIAM MCCONVILLE.

  • Description

    CU TILT DOWN FROM GOVERNMENT BADGE TO PRIME MINISTER MR SERR EL KHATEM EL KHALIFA,

    SEATED AT DESK

    CU PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS (SOF)
    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 27: KHALIFA: "ONE OF OUR BIGGEST PROBLEMS NOW IS PRESENTED BY THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES OF THE SUDAN. IT HAS BEEN AGGRAVATED BY THE SIX YEARS OF MILITARY RULE AND BY THE HARSH STEPS WHICH HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY IT AS A WAY OF COMBATING DISSIDENCE IN THE SOUTH, AND AS A MEANS OF FINDING A SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM, WHICH HAS BEEN WITH US FOR YEARS NOW. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TURNED THAT POLICY GRADUALLY BY REVERTING TO PEACEFUL MEANS OF SOLVING THIS HUMAN PROBLEM, WHICH HAS SO MANY SIDES TO IT, AND IS INCAPABLE OF BEING SOLVED BY SHEER MILITARY FORCE. WE HOPE THAT IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND OUR WAY TO FINAL, PEACEFUL SOLUTION OF THIS PROBLEM. IN THIS, THE CO-OPERATION OF ALL CITIZENS IS REQUIRED, AND I'M GLAD TO SAY THAT THIS CO-OPERATION IS BEING FREELY OFFERED BY SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN CITIZENS A LIKE."

    LV PRIME MINISTER AT DESK

    3 GTVS MEN WORKING ON BUILDING SITE (3 SHOTS)

    SV CABINET MINISTERS IN STREET

    CU MINISTER

    CU AIDE PAN TO SAME MINISTER

    SV ANOTHER MINISTER

    CU MINISTER OF INTERIOR, CLEMENT MBORO , SPEAKS (SOF)

    SEQ. 34: MBORO: "AMONG THE MAIN AND URGENT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POPULAR GOVERNMENT, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CHARTER, IS THE PREPARATIONS OF THE GENERAL ELECTION, WHICH ARE TO BE CONDUCTED IN MARCH, 1965. AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO WORK HARD AND KEEP FAITH WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT OF OUR PEOPLE, WHO HAVE WRITTEN THE NATIONAL CHARTER IN THEIR BLOOD."
    Background: THIS SPECIAL SITUATION REPORT WAS FILMED IN THE SUDAN LAST WEEKEND (11 - 12 DECEMBER 1964) BY VISNEWS CAMERAMEN WILLIAM MCCONVILLE. IT INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE SOF STATEMENTS BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR SERR EL KHATEM EL KHALIFA, AND THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, MR CLEMENT MBORO.

    KHARTOUM, THE CAPITAL, IS PEACEFUL TODAY (20 DECEMBER 1964) DESPITE FEARS OF A REPETITION OF THE BITTER RIOTS OF RECENT MONTHS. THE OVER RIDING PROBLEM FOR THE NEW "NATIONAL FRONT" GOVERNMENT IS TO FIND A COMPROMISE ACCEPTABLE TO BOTH THE ARABS OF THE NORTH AND THE NEGROES OF THE SOUTH.

    THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT'S INABILITY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WAS ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION WHICH DESTROYED PRESIDENT IBRAHIM ABBOUD'S MILITARY REGIME AND RESTORED CIVILIAN RULE TO THE SUDAN AFTER SIX YEARS.

    BOTH THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH NOW SEEM TO BE HARDENING THEIR POSITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTH, AT PRESENT IN KAMPALA, UGANDA, HAVE REFUSED TO MEET TOW VISITING SUDANESE MINISTERS FOR PEACE TALKS. AND SOUTHERN LEADERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE SUDAN HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ARE HOPING FOR OUTRIGHT SECESSION FROM THE NORTH.

    THE SOUTHERNERS NOW IN KAMPALA ARE LEADERS OF THE SUDAN AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION (SANU). THEY HAVE REFUSED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE KHARTOUM GOVERNMENT, AT THE SAME TIME DEMANDING INDEPENDENCE. THEY HAVE DESCRIBED AS A "TRICK" A GENERAL AMNESTY GUARANTEEING THEIR FREEDOM SHOULD THEY RETURN TO TAKE PART IN THE GENERAL ELECTION SCHEDULED FOR MARCH.

    THE PRIME MINISTER, WHO LIVED FOR SIX YEARS IN THE SOUTH, RECENTLY RE-VISITED THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO RE-ESTABLISH THE GOODWILL WHICH WAS SHATTERED BY THE SEVERE RIOTING IN KHARTOUM ON DECEMBER 6. IN HIS STATEMENT FOR VISNEWS AT MIDNIGHT LAST SATURDAY, MR KHALIFA SPOKE OF THE PROBLEM AND HIS HOPES FOR THE FUTURE.

    AND MR CLEMENT MBORO HAD THIS TO SAY ABOUT THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT TO REPLACE THE PRESENT CARETAKER ADMINISTRATION:
    NORTHERN LEADERS SAY THAT THE PRESENT PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO MANDATE TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT. IT WAS APPOINTED ONLY TO ARRANGE ELECTIONS, THEY SAY. UNTIL THESE TAKE PLACE, THEY GO ON, THERE CAN BE NO LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES OF EITHER NORTH OR SOUTH TO DISCUSS THE CONSTITUTIONAL FUTURE OF THE SUDAN.

    MEANWHILE, THE RECENT RIOTS IN KHARTOUM HAVE NOT STOPPED PLANS GOING AHEAD FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH'S STATE VISIT IN FEBRUARY. ONE OF HER OFFICIAL DUTIES WILL BE TO OPEN A BRITISH-BUILT BRIDGE SPANNING THE JUNCTION OF THE WHITE NILE AND THE BLUE NILE RIVERS.

    SHE WILL STAY AT THE PALACE OF THE REPUBLIC, A FINE RIVER-FRONT BUILDING WHICH WAS THE RESIDENCE OF THE GOVERNORS-GENERAL DURING THE ANGLO-EGYPTIAN RULE FROM 1899 TO 1956. IT CONTAINS MANY RELICS OF THE BATTLES DURING THE ANGLO-EGYPTIAN CONQUEST.

    AFTER THE ROYAL VISIT, THE SUDAN WILL PREPARE FOR A CRITICAL ELECTION, HOPING FOR A STRONG GOVERNMENT TO MEND THE CURRENT RIFTS. MR KHALIFA IS CONTINUING WITH HIS POLICY OF PEACEFUL NEGOTIATION -- A POLICY THAT COULD HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF SOUTHERN SUDAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52MJ79IELX865LKX57TG4TEQD
    Media URN:
    VLVA52MJ79IELX865LKX57TG4TEQD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A
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