• Short Summary

    HEADS OF STATE OR REPRESENTATIVES OF 14 FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN NATIONS BEGAN SUMMIT TALKS IN TANARIVE, MADAGASCAR, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TO APPROVE A CHARTER FOR THE AFRO-MALAGASY COMMON ORGANISATION (OCAM) - THE LOOSE POLITICAL GROUPING OF THE STATES THE GOVERN.

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    VICE-PRESIDENT OF KENYA ARRIVES: OTHER ARRIVALS: CONFERENCE HALL: PRESIDENT TSIRANANA'S ADDRESS.




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    Background: HEADS OF STATE OR REPRESENTATIVES OF 14 FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN NATIONS BEGAN SUMMIT TALKS IN TANARIVE, MADAGASCAR, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TO APPROVE A CHARTER FOR THE AFRO-MALAGASY COMMON ORGANISATION (OCAM) - THE LOOSE POLITICAL GROUPING OF THE STATES THE GOVERN.

    ALSO HIGH ON THE AGENDA AT THE TALKS IS THE IDEA OF A COMMONWEALTH OF FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIES. THIS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF SENEGAL, LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR, AND TUNISIA'S PRESIDENT, HABIB BOURGUIBA. TUNISIA IS NOT A MEMBER OF OCAM, BUT PRESIDENT SENGHOR WAS DUE TO ADDRESS HIS OCAM COLLEAGUES ON THE PROPOSAL AT THE MEETING.

    THE DRAFT CHARTER FOR OCAM WAS INITIALLED BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION EXCEPT CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) AT A FOREIGN MINISTERS' MEETING LAST JANUARY. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT AN AMENDMENT TO A POINT OF FOREIGN POLICY HAS NOW SATISFIED CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE).

    OCAM'S MEMBER STATES COMPRISE OF 12 FORMER FRENCH AFRICAN TERRITORIES AND TWO FORMER BELGIAN COLONIES. THEY ARE: CAMEROUN; THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC; CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE); CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE), IVORY COAST; GABON; UPPER VOLTA; MADAGASCAR; NIGER; CHAD; TOGO; SENEGAL AND RWANDA. FOREIGN MINISTERS AND EXPERTS OF THE 14 NATIONS HAD BEEN WORKING FOR A WEEK TO DRAFT THE SUMMIT AGENDA, WHICH INCLUDED CONSIDERATION OF AGREEMENTS MADE UNDER OCAM'S FORERUNNER-THE DEFUNCT AFRO-MALAGASY UNION (U.A.M.) - THE MARKETING OF MEMBER COUNTRIES' PRODUCTS, AND A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRST WORLD FESTIVAL OF NEGRO ARTS HELD IN DAKAR IN APRIL.

    AT THE OPENING SESSION THE PRESIDENT OF NIGER, M. HAMANI DIORI, WAS NAMED AS THE ORGANISATION'S PRESIDENTS, AND THE OPENING ADDRESS WAS GIVEN BY THE MADAGASCAR PRESIDENT, PHILIBERT TSIRANANA.

    OBSERVERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WERE ALSO PRESENT AT THE SUMMIT TALKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA53UFQFI5TTZUSEGGNC2GVJQHI
    Media URN:
    VLVA53UFQFI5TTZUSEGGNC2GVJQHI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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